Thursday, 30 May 2013

Single bin recycling plan on hold

PLANS to collect all household recycling in one wheelie bin are set to be put on hold by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to next summer.

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It is to put back the plan from September and October to June because of factors “out of the control” of the local authority.

It got £2.9m from the Government for the new fortnightly bin collection but said contractor Enterprise had been bought by a new owner.

It said: “Talks are needed with the new company to discuss the new project.”

And it said there had been a  “significant reduction in the amount of money the council receives per tonne of recycling”.

This could mean the new scheme “actually costs the council money, rather than generates income”. It said it is seeking further cash for the plans.

The new bin would take 240 litres and take a wider range of items including textiles, tetrapaks and possibly foil and aerosols.

It would replace the current system of green and black boxes and white sack. General rubbish would still be collected weekly.

The council hopes the plans will boost the amount recycled by up to five per cent.


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