Wheelie bins one step closer to East Cambs roll-out

Cllr Richard Hobbs.
Cllr Richard Hobbs.

Wheelie bins are one step closer to being rolled out across East Cambridgeshire.

The district council has now submitted a final, detailed bid for £5 million to Government to improve the district’s poor recycling rates.

As part of the new-look service, which would replace the current brown sack and black box collection system, each home would be provided with two wheelie bins, one to recycle organics such as food and garden waste and the other recyclables including paper, glass, metal cans, plastics, cartons and cardboard. Weekly black bag collections will continue.

The money would also be spent on purchasing a fleet of new vehicles to collect them.

Cllr Richard Hobbs, chairman of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s community and environment committee, said: “Our aim is to be known for an excellent waste and recycling service and this bid is a great chance to deliver for all our residents.”

A decision on the bid is expected later this month.

If it is approved, those who own homes which would not be suitable for wheelie bins would retain the current black box and brown sack collection services, with others converting to the new wheeled bin service.