Date set for wheelie bin scheme

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A RECYCLING revamp will begin from July, but Harrogate Council’s plans are running behind schedule.

The authority is introducing cardboard, plastic bottle and rigid plastic recycling on the doorstep, while alternating collections of recyclables and waste.

But its original aim to roll out the scheme from June, giving the majority of households the new collections by the end of the year, will not be met.

Nearly 16,000 homes will receive the service from July 2, with a second phase of 30,000 homes and a third and final phase of 16,000 homes completed by the summer of 2013.

Harrogate is looking to shake off its reputation as North Yorkshire’s worst recycler, as it becomes the last authority in the region to move to this model of waste collection.

From July 2, around 16,000 will begin to use wheeled bins for household waste that can’t be recycled and which will be sent to landfill.

The next week, on the same day, the council will collect waste put out by residents for recycling.

A spokesman said: “The same day collection service for household waste and recycling is just one of the improvements being made to the waste service which will also include a full bank holiday catch up and improved recycling facilities.

“The council is providing a second recycling box as it will now also take plastic bottles from these homes and residents will also be able to include card such as cereal boxes or washing soap boxes and greetings cards.

“These are all things that residents have told the council they want to be able to recycle from home.”

The cost of burying waste in landfill is rising.

The spokesman added: “In 2011, North Yorkshire County Council had to pay £9.1m in landfill tax for the amount of waste that had to be buried.

“So it is important that people are offered the chance to recycle more and to make it easier for them to do so.

“This is vital if we are to drive down landfill tax which is ultimately born by the council taxpayer.”

Harrogate Borough Council has introduced a “look up” service on its website.

By putting in a postcode in the My Area section, residents will be able to see full details of their waste collection service including dates of bank holiday catch up.

The first phase homes, which have all been assessed as suitable for a wheeled bin, will receive letters this week detailing their new service, including a handy guide with calendar and an FAQs document.

The council’s cabinet member for the environment, Coun Michael Harrison, who oversaw the changes, was replaced by Coun Phil Ireland in a post-election shake-up earlier this month.