A new waste scheme is being trialled in the borough as part of the continuing drive to make Erewash even more environmentally-friendly.
Erewash Borough Council is offering residents who have no need for their brown garden waste bin the chance to convert it to a recycling bin by applying for the lid to be changed to a blue one.
There is no charge for switching to a blue lid, but residents who successfully apply must understand that the move is a permanent one and the brown bin cannot be used again for garden waste.
This free option is being offered on a first come, first served basis to 500 residents and the uptake and impact of the scheme will be reviewed after a trial period.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is very much about extending our waste collection service, about finding ways to further improve our recycling rate here in Erewash. We know there are people in the borough who have asked to use their brown bin for recycling all year round – well, this gives them that chance.
“We hope those who apply for this will increase the amount of waste they recycle. We all have our part to play.”
The latest figures for Erewash show that around 12 per cent of waste disposed of in the black bin is recyclable – the equivalent to around 3,000 tonnes of recyclable material being sent to landfill every year.
Diverting as much of this material as possible into the recycling stream would go towards significantly improving recycling figures for Erewash.
It is hoped that offering the chance to change the brown bin to a blue-lidded bin for recyclable waste will appeal to residents who have no gardening to do and that it will encourage those who take part in the trial to recycle more.
Anyone interested in the scheme can apply now by calling the council on 0115 907 2244.
Waste Collection Scheme
A pilot waste collection scheme for people to dispose of small bulky items they no longer need will begin in Erewash on December 8.
The Saturday morning community collection service will be a 16-week pilot, with the first collections taking place from 8am until 11.30am on December 8 at two sites: the recreation ground car park at Doncaster Avenue in Sandiacre, and the Village Hall car park in Risley.
People will be able to take items to the collection points on set dates, where it will be loaded into a vehicle and taken to the household recycling centre. Items classed as small bulky waste include bed frames, toilets, small items of scrap metal, bagged soil, furniture and small household electrical items such as kettles, irons, hairdryers and toasters.
The scheme will mostly benefit residents who live furthest away from the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Ilkeston or people unable get there.
Items must be taken to the collection points within the stated times. Anything left at the collection points outside of these times will be classed as fly tipping.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Lead Member for Environment, says:
“These new small bulky waste collections will be more convenient for many people and will also go towards further combatting fly tipping in the borough. People just need to take their items to their nearest collection point at the designated times.”
Council staff will be at a different collection point each week, until 23 March. A full list of locations can be found here.
The collections will form the second phase of a new recycling initiative to be piloted in Erewash. The first saw residents given the option of having blue lids fitted to their brown bins if they did not use them for garden waste.