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New recycling and rubbish collection service

A new recycling and rubbish collection service could lead to savings of more than £9m over the next five years.

The new system, being introduced across County Durham over the coming months, will see rubbish and recycling collected on alternate weeks, with rubbish being collected one week and recycling the other. Similar systems already operate in many other areas of the country.

Householders will also receive a new grey wheeled bin with a blue lid, which they will be able to use for recycling paper and card, plastic, food tins and drink cans, cartons and aerosols. Glass bottles and jars should still be left out for collection in the existing plastic box.

The first of the new bins are being delivered to homes in the Chester-le-Street area from today.

The changes, which will also include the introduction of more efficient collection routes, will mean major savings for the authority through a reduction in vehicles, fuel and staffing costs.

It is also expected that the scheme will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, which will, in turn, lead to further savings through an increase in income from recycled materials and a reduction in landfill tax.

A leaflet explaining the new system has now been delivered to homes across the county within the council’s new Guide to Services.

For up-to-date information about the new rubbish and recycling system visit www.durham.gov.uk/bins and enter your postcode in the My Durham section or call 03000 26 1000.

Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, attaches stickers to new recycling bins advising residents of their new recycling days.

From Durham County Council Facebook PAGE.

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