Release Date: 30 May 2012
Residents across the district are beginning to receive their new recycling wheelie-bins.
Stroud District Council has begun the process of delivering green wheelie-bins to around 40,000 homes across the district.
A further 9,000 households will receive durable recycling bags instead of wheelie-bins, either because of storage issues or their road is too narrow for collection lorries to get down. These will be delivered in June.
The new recycling service will allow residents to recycle plastic packaging, cardboard and food and drink cartons, as well as the items they already recycle.
Earlier this month residents received a letter and leaflet explaining the service. Following that, information packs and new recycling calendars are arriving with the new bins and bags to give residents all the details they need about the new service.
Carlos Novoth, public space manager for Stroud District Council said:
'Residents in the district have, for many years, been calling for better household recycling collections, particularly cardboard and plastic packaging. To do this we need to provide them with a larger container to collect the extra recycling in.'
Cllr Simon Pickering, executive member for the environment for Stroud District Council, added:
'Using wheelie-bins is the most practical, efficient and cost-effective way to run the service. If we are to encourage everyone to recycle more in the district, which is our main priority, we need to provide a container that people can store plenty of items in. This service will actually cost less than the old one. Saving tax payer money and helping the planet at the same time seems like a win win solution to me.'
Stroud District Council is one of only a few authorities in the country that does not yet use wheelie-bins, either for general waste or recycling. Homeowners in other areas often have two or more wheelie-bins as well as bags and boxes for collecting recycling and rubbish.
Residents are asked to continue with the current recycling collections as normal after their last June collection.
The council hopes the service will increase recycling in the district from 25 per cent of all waste to 35 per cent.
Every home should have a new bin or bag by the end of June, ahead of the new recycling service launching in July. Residents that do not have a bin after June 29th are asked to get in touch with the council.
Visit www.stroud.gov.uk/recycling for a list questions and answers.
More recycling road show dates:
May 26 Stonehouse Green, Park Road
May 29 The Parish Centre, Gerald's Way, Chalford
June 23, Nailsworth Farmers Market
July 21, Stroud Show, Stratford Park