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Wheelie bins are on the way

Monday, 9 February 2009

Calderdale Council have issued a further press release about wheelie bins, once again with no mention of Kerbside. The release is full of quotes from Cllr. Graham Reason who is probably the councillor most responsible for failing to make sure our highly respected, community organisation was a fundamental part of council recycling strategy.

64,000 wheeled bins are awaiting delivery to households across the borough. Around three quarters of all Calderdale householders will start to take delivery of the new bins this month, in preparation for the introduction of the new collection service beginning in April. (To find out if you will be receiving a wheelie bin, use the wheelie bin provision search.)

In addition to the bins, every Calderdale household will be getting a kitchen caddy with a supply of corn starch liners and a lockable food waste bin for outside. They will also receive a plastic bag for recycling plastic bottles. Households which have been assessed as being suitable will soon be taking delivery of their wheelie bins, with the first ones being delivered the week beginning February 16.

Each wheeled bin will carry a sticker, informing householders of the date of the first collection. Householders will also receive further information about how the system will work nearer to the introduction of the new system in April.

Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member, Health and Social Care, Cllr. Graham Reason, says the new waste collection system will help Calderdale to achieve tough recycling targets.

“Like every council in the land, Calderdale has to up its recycling rates for household waste or face stiff financial penalties. The new system will make it much easier for people to recycle. We already know that people in Calderdale are keen to improve their environment through increased household waste recycling and it's great to see such enthusiasm. By working together, we can ensure that Calderdale achieves some of the best recycling rates in the country.”

Nick Browning, SITA UK Area Manager, said: “The new collection service will not only provide Calderdale residents with a much easier means of recycling but help the district achieve its recycling targets.”

In the run-up to the new collection system, Calderdale Council and its household waste collection contractor, SITA UK, will be providing a range of information about how the new system will work.

A series of 36 recycling roadshows are planned to take place between this month and the end of May.

“We want to make sure that everyone who gets a wheelie bin understands how the system will work and how it can help improve the environment for us all,” said Cllr Reason.

Julie Merry, Project Manager for SITA UK, said: “Our roadshows are a great way of finding out how the collections are changing and how we can help those who might need assistance adjusting to the new service. Residents always find it easier to find out more asking questions face to face. We look forward to seeing the residents of Calderdale there.”

You can find a full list of roadshow times below.

Calderdale Council is also keen to hear from people who think they will need to use the Assisted Collection Scheme. All households with a wheelie bin, where nobody in the household is physically able to put out the containers for collection, will qualify for assisted collection. Anyone who thinks they will need assistance should contact the Street Care helpline on 0845 245 7000.

Local Roadshow Times

26 February, Thursday 12.00 - 15.00,
St Georges Square Hebden Bridge.

10 March Tuesday 10.30 - 15.30,
Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

2 April Thursday 12.00 - 15.00,
St. Georges Square, Hebden Bridge.

16 April Thursday 10.30 - 15.30,
Mytholmroyd Community Centre

30 April Thursday 12.00 - 15.00,
St. Georges Square, Hebden Bridge.

See also

Hebweb Forum - Wheelie Bins

Wheelie Bin database - enter your postcode and see if you will be receiving one.

Hebweb News: Calderdale/SITA cut refuse collections to once a fortnight

Kerbside website


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