New trial of wheelie bins announced following resident support

Published: 11 March 2019

Redbridge Council has announced new trials of wheelie bins in small areas across the borough following the results of a major council survey showing that a majority of residents want to move to the new system.

Some 62 per cent of residents who responded to a consultation on the council’s Waste Reduction Strategy said it would be helpful to have a bin to store their waste.

Introducing wheelie bins has the potential to reduce the £18m a year the council spends on waste disposal, to boost recycling, and to cut fly-tipping.

Given the strength of opinion, the council intends to roll out a trial wheelie bin collection scheme to a limited number of properties in a bid to reduce waste.

The plans, which would have to be approved by the Cabinet on 18 March, come as the council aims to double Redbridge’s recycling rate to 50 per cent.

Cabinet Member for Civic Pride Cllr John Howard said: “Introducing wheelie bins could be a triple win for residents and the council. 

“We currently spend over £18million a year of taxpayers’ money collecting 22 million black sacks of rubbish and switching to bins would produce significant savings in the longer term. The scheme also has the potential to lift our recycling rate to over 30 per cent and set us on our way to becoming a greener borough. 

“We are committed to cleaning up our streets and moving away from sacks keeps front gardens clear, help us tackle the fly-tipping problem and stops commercial businesses from dumping trade waste in front gardens, which is a growing problem. 

“We know our residents want great neighbourhoods and this scheme will help us reduce the impact of waste on the local environment.”

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal commented: “This is really exciting news. We have listened to residents who overwhelmingly support the introduction of wheelie bins. However, we need to make sure we iron out any issues early with a trial run – ensuring residents get a say at every step of the process.

“We are committed to making our borough greener and these new bins could dramatically increase our recycling rate while cutting down on fly-tipping, making Redbridge better for everyone, now and in the future.”

Results from the survey, which attracted the highest response for an online questionnaire in 2018, showed that people want to reduce the amount thrown away – with over 98 per cent agreeing that recycling is important.

More than 61 per cent of residents also said they would make use of a separate food waste collection, so the council will be working up plans to introduce a weekly caddy scheme.

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