New bins have been rolled out in areas of Newmarket this week as part of a £5 million waste collection scheme by East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC).
The service will replace the current black sacks and provide a blue lid wheeled bin for recyclable materials and a green lid bin for organics such as food and garden waste.
Both will be collected fortnightly on an alternate week basis, in addition to the weekly black sack collection.
Houses judged to have space and access issues will be offered an alternative service involving clear sacks for recycling.
Liz Knox, Head of Environmental Services at ECDC, said: “As well as the bins, everyone will get a leaflet explaining when their collection days will be and how to use their new service. “There have been lots of questions and a huge amount of positive feedback from those we have spoken to.”
Chairman of the East Cambridgeshire Community and Environmental Services Committee, Richard Hobbs, said the roll out had gone well: “It’s still ongoing, but the feedback so far has been very good, and even those who initially resisted have now realised the benefits.
“Sometimes the logistics don’t work out but it has gone like clockwork.”
He continued: “We knew that people wanted to recycle but needed the tools to do so. We also accepted that bins don’t realistically fit all properties and can make an ugly street, so arrangements have been made for those circumstances.
“It’s all very much trial and error at the minute and, as a public service, it’s very public led. They’ve been very co-operative.”
The Chairman described East Cambridgeshire’s previous recycling rate of 33 per cent as “very bad”, but he is optimistic they will reach their target of 50 per cent by the end of 2015.
Rescheduled collection rounds and a new fleet of vehicles will also be introduced to reduce carbon emissions.
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