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IT’S TIME FOR US ALL TO BE GAME CHANGERS!!

Your council is upgrading recycling equipment to make it easier for you to play your part in saving energy and reducing your town’s carbon footprint.

Simply tell us your address and we’ll tell you whether you’re on wheelie bins or boxes.

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CHANGES TO YOUR COLLECTION

Burnley Council is changing the way you recycle. Only 34% of the borough’s household waste is recycled- we need to up our game.

It’s a game of two halves when it comes to collecting recyclable household items such as glass, cans, plastics, paper and cardboard - with around half the households in the borough getting a new wheelie bin system while the other half will stay with the current “squad” of blue boxes and an improved sealable white sack, weighted at the bottom, and with a handle to hang it up, which will reduce spillages.

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KEY FACTS

  • Each household in the borough will receive a new collection calendar telling you which bin to put out on what day
  • You can check whether you are on a wheelie bin or box collection by visiting here
  • Your new recycling bins/sack are free
  • Recycling wheelie bins will be emptied every four weeks
  • Recycling blue boxes and white sacks will continue to be emptied every two weeks

NEXT STEPS

  • SEPTEMBER: Your new collection calendar will be delivered - also for those moving to wheeled bins, they will be delivered during September– blue for glass, cans and plastic; dark grey for paper/cardboard. Please remember – these should not be used until October when the first collections start
  • OCTOBER: The new wheelie bin recycling service will start
  • NOVEMBER: New improved weighted paper and card sacks will be delivered following your regular recycling collections

FAQs

  • Why are you changing the recycling collections? We have listened to feedback from residents throughout the borough who want to recycle more. We have undertaken a review of the current system and have identified that one size doesn’t fit all. So we’ve tried to find a tailored system that works best for the majority of residents.
  • Will I still get my claret wheelie bin emptied every fortnight? Yes, your claret wheelie bin for your general refuse will stay the same and be emptied every fortnight.
  • How will I know what system I’m on? You will be able to check by visiting here and simply typing in your address
  • Will my collection day change? We are working hard to keep as many collection days the same. You will be advised of your collection days via a collection calendar which will be sent to each house during September.
  • Why can’t people just have a choice - wheelie bin or box? Areas in the borough need to be on the same collection rounds, either wheeled bins or boxes, to prevent collection issues with the recycling vehicles, collection frequencies and collection crews.
  • What happens if I lose it or it gets stolen/damaged? After the initial roll out of the wheeled bin recycling service any replacement bins will be charged at the current council policy.
  • Won’t it mean the bin will get smelly/attract flies if I have to keep rubbish in it up to a month? No, residents will continue to rinse any recycling items before putting into the wheeled bin ensuring that odours are kept to a minimum. You can crush cans to create more room.

BIN FAQs

  • What if I don't want a wheelie bin and I'm happy with my blue box? We have to keep the system the same in each neighbourhood to ensure that the collections run smoothly. This helps keep the cost of collections down.
  • Where do I need to keep it? You may store your wheeled bin with your claret bin or wherever is most convenient on your property. You must present it for collection at the same place as you present your claret bin.
  • What happens if I lose it or it gets stolen/damaged? After the initial roll out of the wheeled bin recycling service, there is a charge for any replacement bins. We must supply the bin to ensure it fits with our lorries. The current cost for a replacement (which may change in future) is £29.95
  • Can I put my house number or a mark on my bin to identify it? Residents are encouraged to highlight their house number or mark their wheeled recycling bin.
  • What happens if I fill up my bin before it's due to be emptied - can I have two bins for recycling? Please squash any recycling materials before putting them into the recycling containers. The council will do an assessment of the amount of recycling being presented, and may offer additional wheeled bins after the initial roll out of the service.
  • What happens if I put non-recycling/general rubbish in my recycling wheelie bin/box? The bin will not be collected and a sticker will be placed on the bin highlighting the items that can be recycled.

BOX FAQs

  • What happens if I want a wheelie bin but I have not been allocated one? After the initial roll out of new wheeled bins to the neighbourhoods that have been identified as having the space and requirement for a bin, the Council will undertake a full service review by September 2020 to assess if there are any other areas which may wish to move onto the new system.
  • What happens if I put non-recycling/general rubbish in my recycling wheelie bin/box? The bin will not be collected and a sticker will be placed on the bin highlighting the items that can be recycled.
  • How will the recycling equipment be delivered? The new white sacks will be delivered during November. The new items will be left following your regular recycling collection.
  • I don’t currently have a box or white sack? If you currently don’t have any recycling equipment, you can request one online by visiting the councils website