Dacorum’s simplified waste collection system aims to increase recycling in borough


Dacorum’s political leaders heard last night that new bin collection arrangements are expected to get borough households recycling close to 60 per cent of their waste.

The figure now stands at 48 per cent. The new, simplified system – to be introduced in November – will see food waste collected in a new kitchen caddy each week.

A third wheelie bin will be issued to homes for fortnightly collections of ‘dry’ recycling – which includes cans, plastic, paper, card and glass. They are now collected in separate boxes, bins and baskets.

Non-recyclable waste will be collected every fortnight – which will also apply to garden waste in green bins between February and November. They will not be collected in December and January.

Recycling advisors will tour the borough this summer to spread the news about the changes.

Different arrangements are being considered for waste collection from flats, which will be introduced in 2015.

Dacorum Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environment and sustainability Julie Laws said: “We are introducing the new scheme to make it easier for our residents to recycle more.

“We expect the new scheme to bring other benefits too, such as preventing contamination of green compostable waste from tape and glues on cardboard (which will instead be collected with mixed dry recycling) or from non-compostable bags in food waste.

“The new collection should also reduce issues with insects in bins during warmer weather.”

The decision to proceed with the new collection arrangements was made by Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet panel at a meeting last night.