Weekly service for recyclables ‘is on the cards’

ALL recyclable household waste in Calderdale could be collected weekly by Christmas.

Until now, glass and cans, paper and card have had to be put out on alternate weeks, causing some confusion.

Weekly collections would simplify the system and should result in less recyclable material being dumped in general refuse bins and ultimately taken to the tip.

Calderdale Council Cabinet will discuss these and other changes to the refuse collection process on Monday.

Economy and environment spokesman Barry Collins said the council was working towards recycling 45 per cent of household waste by 2015.

“These changes will make collections simpler and will help people to know when collections are being made, particularly during periods of bad weather,” said Coun Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden).

Council leader Janet Battye said the new arrangements reflected feedback from residents and negotiations with Sita which can be carried out at no cost to council taxpayers.

Some recyclable materials such as kitchen/food waste, plastic bottles and textiles are gathered weekly and the new arrangements could boost Calderdale’s recycling rate, already the best in West Yorkshire, by as much as 2 per cent.

Cabinet will also look at a number of measures which would improve the service during periods of bad weather.

Collecting all recyclable materials will allow the contractors Sita to catch up faster after bad weather.

Other proposed improvements include issuing binmen with snow shoes to help them get about safely in winter, using smaller vehicles on ice bound streets and giving better weather and road information to the waste collection contractor.

Householders should also get better information about service disruption and suspensions.