Shakeup of waste collections could see just green boxes being used for all recycling

November 29 2018
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Residents in Filton are being asked to give their views on recycling changes being proposed by South Gloucestershire Council.

Residents in Filton  are being asked to give their views on recycling changes being proposed by South Gloucestershire Council.
The council would like to stop providing white and green bags for kerbside recycling collections, and would like to ask residents to use green boxes for all of their recycling materials instead, in a move which could save £100,000 every year as well as benefit the environment.
Speaking about the proposals, Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism Cllr Paul Hughes, pictured, said: “In 2017 we simplified and improved our recycling collections with the introduction of weekly recycling for all household recycling material – plastic, cans, paper, cardboard, textiles, small electrical, glass and food. At the time residents could continue to use white bags for plastic, green bags for cardboard and boxes for other material, or choose to just use boxes. Extra recycling boxes are provided free of charge.
“We are now consulting on stopping the future supply of recycling bags. This has been proposed for a number of reasons, the main ones being that they are not biodegradable, they need to be replaced regularly and are currently sourced from overseas. The boxes last longer and have less impact on the environment.
“We are proposing that we stop supplying new bags. Any bags in use can continue to be used, but would be replaced by boxes when the bags deteriorate.
“We will continue to support those residents who cannot physically manage the boxes, through our assisted collection service where the crews collect and return the containers.”
Residents have until  January 25 2019 to have their say on the proposals and express how the changes might affect them. The proposal will then be reviewed and a decision will be made by March 2019, which will be fully publicised.
To find out more about the proposals, contact South Gloucestershire Council by emailing: consultation@southglos.gov.uk or calling: 01454 868154.
To take part in the consultation, visit:  consultations.southglos.gov.uk/consult.ti/RecyclingBags/consultationHome or  pick up a paper copy of the survey from libraries or One Stop Shops, where you’ll also be able to hand in your completed version or ask for a Freepost envelope.
Alternatively, you can also download and print a copy of the survey online, and it should then be posted back to the council at: South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF.