Council to undertake change to bin collections

Bins

Test Valley Borough Council is set to undertake an initial change to its waste collection rounds week commencing Monday 15 April, to streamline the service and avoid additional costs.

The first of two phases of change will involve moving all residents to single stream waste collection. This means that from 15 April, the Council will collect all black bins across the borough one week and all brown bins the following week. The day that residents’ bins are collected will remain the same.

Since the alternate waste collection system was introduced in 2006, the local authority has collected half the borough’s black and brown bins one week and the remaining black and brown bins the following week. However, to ensure the Council can continue to accommodate existing properties and known new developments, it has been forced to review its current rounds to maximise efficiency from existing resources. The alternative would involve introducing an additional round at a cost of approximately £140,000.

Those affected by the first phase of change – approximately half of the households in the borough – will have received a letter and revised collection calendar in the post.

The move to single stream collections will enable the Council to undertake the second phase of change in autumn 2013, which will involve a review of collection days.

Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Peter Boulton, said: “Residents affected by the first phase of change are those due to put out their brown bin for collection week commencing 15 April. If this is the case for your household, please remember to put out your black bin for collection week beginning 15 April instead. This will bring your collections in line with the rest of the borough.

“To ensure we could cater for the new housing developments in Test Valley, the Council was faced with a tough decision. However, by undertaking these changes we will avoid costly additional expenditure and can accommodate existing properties and planned new developments for the next four to five years.

“This first phase of changes will enable us to undertake a fundamental review of waste collection days across the borough later in the year. This will mean that the day we collect some residents’ waste may alter.

“We will help support residents throughout this change and thank them for their cooperation in advance.”

For more information about the project, please visit http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/bincollectionchanges or call the Council’s customer services team on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700. Residents can also check their collection dates using the bin look-up on the home page of the Council website.

The changes will not affect garden waste collections.

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