The recycling service that is in the borough of Melton is going to be expanded and there is going to be a switch to a system that involves wheelie bins. The recycling boxes are going to be replaced with brown wheelie bins which will take all material that can be recycled.
The system of mixing recycling is known as co-mingled recycling and residents now do not need to sort plastic, glass, cardboard or paper. It is expected that the amount of recycling that is going to take place will increase because people have to make less effort to sort their waste.
Collections are still going to take place on a fortnightly basis and the normal waste collection service is not going to be changed. The current contract is for Melton Council is with Biffa and this is going to be maintained as the new service starts.
The council is no longer offering its garden refuse collection service however, and residents are going to have to subscribe to a club that is operated by Biffa which costs over £30 a year. Those who subscribe to the scheme are going to be given a green wheelie bin which would be collected fortnightly. For those who do not have such a large need for garden waste disposal it is still possible to take this type of waste to the local tip for no charge.
It is expected that the new waste collection services offered by Melton Council are going to reduce the cost from the current figure of about £2.5 million. The leader of the council as Byron Rhodes who has commented, “After long negotiations we have been able to reduce the cost of a contract in order to meet funding cuts passed down from the government. Furthermore, the new system is going to make recycling easier.”