Plastics recycling will soon be here

Published Friday, 28th December 2018
Bin collection
A waste collection in Rotherham

Residents will shortly begin receiving information about changes to their household waste collections - including plastic recycling.

Households across Rotherham will receive a letter and new calendar in January and February giving more information about changes to household waste collections, including the introduction of plastic recycling. 

The first households to receive the new services will be contacted during the first two weeks of the New Year.

The areas which will see the changes first are parts of Aughton, Aston, Bramley, Brecks, Broom, Broom Valley, Brampton Bierlow, Canklow, Clifton, East Dene, Eastwood, Herringthorpe, Kimberworth, Moorgate, Ravenfield, Swallownest, Swinton, Thorpe Hesley, Town Centre, Wath, Wellgate, West Melton, Wickersley, and Woodhouse Mill.

Residents will receive a new black bin with a pink lid – as voted for by Rotherham Advertiser readers – for non-recyclable general household waste.
Once households receive their new pink lid bin, they should start using it for general household waste and refer to their new calendar for collection details. 

Black bins should then be used for recycling plastic packaging, glass, cans and tins. Green bins will continue to be used for recycling paper and card. 

Recycling bins will be emptied every four weeks, with the black bin and green bin being emptied on alternate fortnights.

Rotherham Council’s Head of Service for Street Scene, Martin Raper, said: “Don’t worry if you don’t receive a letter straight away – it simply means that we aren’t making the changes in your area just yet. Until you receive your new bin with a pink lid, your collections will stay the same.

“We would urge residents to check your new calendar when it arrives to make sure you’re putting out the right bin on the right day. Whilst your collection day won’t change, your recycling bins will now be collected every four weeks instead of fortnightly. Your general household waste will still be collected every fortnight.”

The changes will mean every household has additional space to recycle, more overall space in their bins than they currently have, and recycling will be easier. 

Early indicators suggest that recycling of paper and cardboard has already increased since the first phase of the changes was introduced.

The council is making the changes to increase the amount of waste that is recycled, whilst also bringing down the cost of running the service at a time when the council’s budget is being reduced.

Residents can check when their bins will be emptied and what to put in each bin by going to the Bins webpages:

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