A three-month waste collection trial involving 5,000 households across the borough has been announced that could see separate food waste vehicles, fortnightly glass collections service and, for the first time, food waste collections for residents living in flats.
The trial will take place this Autumn as part an extensive review of waste and recycling collections as the Council aims to make waste collections more reliable, efficient and environmentally-friendly.
The trial scheme will include;
- The introduction of new ‘food waste only’ electric/hybrid vehicles that will collect food waste on your green/black bin collection day as before. These are smaller, low-carbon, less polluting vehicles.
- For the first time, people in flats will now also be able to recycle their food waste too. They will have kitchen caddies and larger food waste bins will be placed in external bin areas
- Fortnightly glass collections collected on the same day as the green recycling bin every two weeks (previously every month)
If successful, this exciting range of initiatives will be rolled out across the whole borough providing residents with a better service and enabling residents in around 7000 flats across the borough to recycle food waste.
Cabinet Lead for Environment Cllr Rupert Kyrle, “This is a really exciting trial that could change the way we collect waste and recycling in the future. We are proud to be the only Council in Hampshire to provide a food waste collection service and, if successful, not only will thousands of flats be able to be part of the scheme, but we will also be using more energy efficient and less polluting vehicles to collect food waste. I look forward to the trial starting.”
Residents living in the 5000 households that will be involved in the trial this Autumn will be written to directly.