New recycling scheme will cut the half a million bill for sending waste to the tip

LAST year the council spent £500,000 sending waste to the tip which could have been recycled.

To try to cut costs and boost recycling, from Monday householders will be able to put their glass, cans, paper, plastic bottles and textiles out for collection every week rather than every fortnight.

Non-recyclable waste will continue to be collected every two weeks.

Calderdale residents are already the best in West Yorkshire when it comes to doorstep recycling.

The rate last year was 41 per cent.

Food waste buckets, bags and boxes should be left at the edge of your property before 7 am to ensure it is collected.

Anyone who needs assistance or advice should contact the council on 0845 245 7000.

l Thoughts are already turning to refuse disposal over the Christmas period, which is usually the busiest time of the year.

The severe wintry weather played havoc with some collections last year.

The council has appealed to people to make an extra effort to sort food waste, bottles, cans and wrapping paper for recycling.

Christmas trees will also be recycled and turned into mulch if they are taken to drop off points at Ogden Water, Wellholme Park, Brighouse, Manor Heath Park, Halifax, Hullen Edge Park, Elland or Centre Vale Park, in Todmorden.

Trees can also be left at household waste sites which will be open daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Bulky household items which can be reused, such as beds and furniture, can be taken away by ringing the council’s helpline.

l The council is finalising plans to introduce a trial system for collecting garden waste.

Two wards will be chosen for the trial which, if it is successful could be rolled out across all 17 areas next spring.