‘Weekly food waste collections are on way back to Dacorum’


Weekly food waste collections could make a comeback more than eight years after they were abolished by borough leaders.

Grey bins for non-recyclable rubbish and green bins for food and garden waste and certain kinds of cardboard are currently collected on alternate weeks at homes in Dacorum.

The change from weekly collections of both bins was rolled out across the borough between June 2003 and March 2005.

It was hoped at the time that this would encourage people to recycle more.

Assistant director of neighbourhood delivery David Austin now says: “It is likely we will soon increase food waste collection to weekly alongside the current fortnightly collection of grey bins.”

Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet will consider the proposals – which would include altering the way cardboard is collected – at a meeting on Tuesday, February 11.

The changes are due to come in from October this year and could incur a ‘marginal’ increase in costs for the authority.

But leader of the council Andrew Williams said increases will be offset by the need for fewer dustcarts and binmen.

Mr Austin said additional short-term costs would be met from more revenue funding for Dacorum from Herts County Council due to its additional landfill tax savings.

He said that the changes are being made now to make the borough more compliant with new recycling regulations.

He added: “The recycling rate in Dacorum has remained static for the last few years, so we have also looked at ways in which we can address this.”

Artist Christine Hillier, of Herbert Street, Hemel Hempstead, welcomed the proposed changes – which will be beefed up later in the year.

She said: “We have foxes here in the Old Town. Anybody who puts bins out without putting down the lid is likely to get raided. But some people with big families cannot fit all of their two week’s rubbish into one bin.

“Rubbish is overflowing and I think making our bin collections more regular is a very good idea.”

Dacorum Borough Council’s website now states that grey bins ‘should only be used for household waste which cannot be recycled’.

But Mr Williams said in reality, food waste can be disposed of on a weekly basis.

Changes to Hemel Hempstead’s Cupid Green recycling depot in 2009 allowed food waste to be recycled alongside garden waste – both of which are now collected in the council’s green bins.

Mr Williams said: “If people want to get rid of smelly foods, you can put it in either bin at the moment – but we prefer it in the green bin.”