- Monday, 16 July 2012 10:27
The first change in an exciting new household recycling scheme for Derbyshire Dales residents starts on August 6 when tins and cans will be collected in a different container.
However, the big service change - helping residents recycle more and saving Council Tax payers £385,000 a year - doesn't happen until October.
When Derbyshire Dales District Council's new contractor Serco Ltd takes over on 6 August local people are being asked to recycle tins and cans in their blue recycling box - along with glass bottles and jars - rather than their blue recycling bag.
For the first time from August 6, residents will also be able to recycle in their blue box aerosols, aluminium trays and beverage cartons.
A postcard informing all 33,000 homes in the Dales of these small changes will be delivered by Royal Mail from 23 July and the slogan on posters that are going up throughout the district is "Cans in Box from August Six".
Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
The new waste and recycling contract is exciting because it will enable our residents to recycle more – and that's exactly what they told us they wanted.
However, it is a complex project and to help local people we've broken it down into stages.
The thing they will notice in the first stage from 6 August is the new collection trucks with our green livery, but the only other change from that day is that we want residents to recycle tins and cans in their existing blue box instead of their blue bag, which is the case at the moment. This is because Serco use a different company to separate recyclable materials.
Nothing else happens until October. The rounds and days of collection remain exactly the same and we're using a variety of channels to ensure residents get this message.
Roadshows are planned together with a new online postcode search facility and we're talking in detail about the household collection changes at our current series of area community forums, the next of which happen at our Bakewell Agricultural Centre on Tuesday 17 July and at the Town Hall, Matlock, on Monday 23 July. We'll also be posting a video on YouTube to help residents better understand the changes.
Following on from next week's postcard about the can collection changes, in September residents will receive more information in the post about the big service change in October. A further comprehensive information pack will be issued with new recycling containers in October.