Redbridge Council to pilot wheelie bins for rubbish collection

Published: 6 January 2020

Around 7,000 households in Redbridge will take part in a special pilot using wheelie bins from Monday 10 February 2020.

Redbridge Council is introducing the pilot scheme to try to keep the streets cleaner and increase the amount of waste recycled.

The move was decided after a survey was carried out in October 2018, where the majority of residents said it would be helpful to have a bin to store their rubbish and agreed that we should do more to tackle waste in the community. A wheelie bin should make putting rubbish out so much easier, while also encouraging residents to recycle more.

The pilot areas have been chosen to be representative of the borough so the bins can be tested to make sure they work as intended, before considering whether to introduce them more widely.

Some households in parts of the following wards have been selected to take part in the pilot.

  • Bridge Ward (with a very small section of Monkhams)
  • Fairlop Ward
  • Loxford Ward
  • Seven Kings Ward
  • Wanstead Village

The households selected in these areas will receive a letter and supporting information concerning the pilot this week and more information will follow.

Introducing wheelie bins right across the borough could potentially reduce some of the £18 million the council currently spends each year on collecting 22 million black sacks. It will also encourage people to reduce rubbish and recycle more. Redbridge has a target of increasing its recycling rate to 50 per cent.

Redbridge currently throws away the 5th highest amount of waste in England and there is concern from the council that some irresponsible businesses are using the free residential collection, rather than paying for a business waste collection.

The new 180-litre grey wheelie bins will be delivered to those homes taking part in the pilot from the first week of February, with collections starting from Monday 10 February.

Councillor John Howard, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, said: “A key aim of the scheme is to keep our streets cleaner - containing rubbish in a wheelie bin will prevent animals and birds ripping open bags and making a mess in our streets, which is unpleasant for everyone and costly to clean up.  Using wheelie bins for rubbish will also help keep people’s front gardens clean.

“We’re testing the scheme to make sure that the bins reduce refuse tonnages and work for householders as intended, and we’re eager to hear residents’ views.”

More information about the scheme can be found at



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