Wheelie good recycling in east Northants

Jerry Jarman and wife Liz with the new bins when they were rolled out last year
Jerry Jarman and wife Liz with the new bins when they were rolled out last year

The first year of the East Northamptonshire wheeled bin and food waste collection scheme has been hailed a huge success with the amount of food waste and recycling collected now nearly double what was collected in 2010-2011.

One year ago East Northamptonshire Council changed over to wheeled bin collections of refuse and recycling with a separate weekly collection of food waste.

This has led to a big increase in the amount of waste sent for recycling which means a huge reduction in the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

In 2010-11, the year before the wheeled bins were introduced, they collected 20,400 tonnes of household rubbish which wasn’t recycled or composted – known as residual waste.

In 2011-12 (eight months into the new scheme) this plummeted to 14,200 tonnes sent to landfill.

This year, the first full year of the new scheme (2012-13), the authority expects the amount of landfilled waste will fall by 1,000 tonnes to 13,200 tonnes.

As a result of the huge fall in waste sent to landfill, the amount of landfill tax paid by Northamptonshire County Council for East Northamptonshire’s waste has fallen dramatically.

The projected reduction in landfilled waste of 7,400 tonnes will save about £470,000 in landfill tax.

The new scheme has also helped keep the streets cleaner as rubbish can no longer be blown out of recycling boxes or spilled out of sacks ripped open by animals, meaning less litter across the district.

A recent cleansing survey found 99 per cent of areas surveyed for litter were at a satisfactory standard.

Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE, lead member on the new waste contract, claims the first year of the new kerbside collections was a positive start to the new system and said: “We would like to thank all east Northamptonshire residents for their help in making this new scheme such a fabulous success.

“The figures show we’re recycling more, sending less to landfill and making great savings. Everyone’s a winner.”

For more information visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.