NEW recycling bins will be delivered to homes in the Ashbourne area next month.
Now, Derbyshire Dales District Council has launched an awareness campaign to inform householders about the new scheme and advising people to prepare for the delivery of new recycling containers.
For the first time every household in the Dales will be able to recycle at home, with one collection day each week.
And the move will help the council save tax payers £385,000 every year.
Most of the 33,000 households across the district will receive a new blue-lid recycling wheeled bin and two food waste caddies.
New contractors Serco Ltd will empty grey wheelie bins for household waste one week and then the new bins with a blue lid for recycling and a green lid for garden waste the next week.
Food caddies will be issued to each home, with a small one for the kitchen which can be emptied into a larger one for a weekly kerb-side recycling collection.
Properties not suitable for wheeled bins will use a blue box and two blue bags to recycle, and properties currently using black sacks for waste because of access issues will be able to recycle for the first time using a combination of bags and boxes. Compostable garden waste sacks will be available to all properties that cannot accommodate wheeled bins.
Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose, said: “These changes are a direct response to what residents told us they want to recycle more at home. Very soon that’s exactly what they will be able to do.
“The good news is that Serco re-employed the crews from the former contractor and have now been working the old rounds for the past month.
“In a change of this scale there are bound to be some teething problems, but we are confident we can make the improved new service work for everyone.” Information about the changes will be available through an explanatory leaflet, mobile exhibitions, posters, advertising, Facebook, Twitter and even a Youtube video.
The council will also distribute instructions and a collection calendar with the news bins.
Councillor Rose added: “There’s actually very little now that our residents can’t recycle, so if people are still filling their grey household waste bins after the changes happen, we are always happy to provide advice on how to reduce their waste.” More information is available online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/waste and on the Waste Helpline 01629 761122 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.