Tag Archives: recycle

New recycling scheme is success

waste recycle collection wagonThe Council’s new recycling scheme is proving a success after the amount of recycling collected from residents has increased, and positive feedback comes in from the local community.

The scheme, which launched on Monday June 3, asks residents to put all their recycling into one green lidded bin rather than separating into different boxes. Recycling collections have also increased from fortnightly to weekly.

Around 400 tonnes of mixed recyclate has been collected over the first two weeks, which is over 30 tonnes more than the same fortnight last year.

Mrs Kirby of Fairview Avenue, Whetstone, said:

“So glad there are now only two bins, no more sorting out the recycling into different containers and lots more space. It’s now a breeze and no more confusion with what needs to be put out when.”

Mr Briggs of Saville Road, Blaby, said:

“Very pleased with the change to a weekly recycling scheme and having all the recycling in one container making it easier and less confusing for all. The new stickers on the bins are really comprehensive.”

Contamination of bins has been low, with the main contaminants being green waste, textiles and small electrical equipment.

Residents are asked to use the garden waste bins for green waste or take to the tip.

Textiles and small electrical equipment are to be put in the Mind bag and put out alongside the green lidded recycling bin for collection by Mind.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“The new scheme means there is less sorting of rubbish, no lifting of boxes and less vehicles on the road each week. I’m pleased to see residents are already reaping the benefits of the new scheme and good to see the amount of recycling going up.”

Residents that have not had their old unwanted recycling boxes collected are asked to put them out on their normal collection, a crew will be travelling around the district collecting up those boxes.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk , email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7555.

New weekly recycling scheme set to launch

recycle motifBlaby District Council are set to launch their new weekly recycling scheme from 3rd June 2013.

Under the new arrangements, more use is made of the ‘green lidded’ bin for recyclables with the remaining refuse being placed in the ‘black lidded’ bin.

Refuse and recycling collections will take place weekly, replacing the normal current weekly refuse collection with recycling collection taking place fortnightly.

From 3rd June please put all recycling into one recycling bin (the current green lidded bin) and the remaining rubbish into the black lidded refuse bin. The Council will empty both bins weekly.

Weekly Collection Support Scheme

In November the Council was successful in obtaining £2,000,000 worth of funding from central government as part of the “Weekly Collection Support Scheme”.

This funding will enable the Council to continue to empty your refuse bins on a weekly basis for at least the next five years and to increase the recycling collection from fortnightly to weekly.

This means that you will only have two bins at your property (three if you choose to use the garden waste collection service), instead of two bins and two boxes.

It also means that you will be able to continue to recycle your glass at the kerbside, not through village bring sites or disposing of it in your black lidded bin.

The new scheme will be an improvement for you, more efficient and more environmentally friendly than the current arrangements as there will be less sorting of rubbish, no lifting of boxes and less vehicles on the road each week.

The District Council delivered information leaflets to each household between Friday, 26th April and Sunday, 12th May 2013. If you haven’t received your leaflet by that date please download a leaflet here orrequest one online.

Questions and Answers

What is the new scheme?

  • Weekly refuse collection – black lidded bin
  • Weekly co-mingled recycling collection – green lidded bin
  • Weekly battery collection (bag placed on green lidded bin)
  • Weekly textile and electrical item collection – in Mind bag
  • Fortnightly garden waste collection – brown lidded bin (chargeable opt-in)

When will the new scheme be introduced?

The scheme will be launched on 3rd June 2013

What communications will I receive?

We will put a new sticker on your recycling bin between Monday, 13th and Friday, 24th May. Please make every effort to put your recycling bin out on your scheduled collection day to ensure you get a sticker.

We will remind you to start using your recycling bin and to stop using your boxes by putting a bin hanger on your refuse bin between Monday, 20th and Friday, 31st May.

What will happen to textile and electrical equipment collections?

They will be collected weekly by Mind. Please put your small electrical equipment and/or textiles in the Mind bag.

What size recycling bins are available?

Please use the existing paper and card bin for one month. If you feel that the bin is too small after the first month, you can swap it for a larger 240ltr or 360ltr bin. If you have access or storage restrictions you can also opt to have two of the standard 140ltr bins. Please do not order a larger/additional bin until after 1st July 2013.

Do I need to wash my recycling?

Washing your recycling helps to keep bins clean and reduces unpleasant smells. Just a rinse after you’ve washed up will help. Please also squash plastic bottles and cans, and rip up cardboard to make full use of your bin.

What happens to the recycling after it’s collected?

Materials for recycling are taken to Casepak, a materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at the Braunstone Frith Industrial estate in Leicester. The MRF is one of the newest of its kind in the UK. The resource facility is fitted with some of the most advanced technology currently available to sort and separate mixed recyclable materials.

How many bins can I have?

Recycling bins are free of charge and you can have as many as you need/want (within reason).

What will happen to the old boxes?

You have two options:

  • a) You can keep them for your own use
  • b) We will collect unwanted boxes and recycle them (see leaflet for collect back date)

I don’t have room for a bin and currently have bags delivered – what will happen to my recycling?

You will be issued with new bags after 6th May.

Online forms

External Pages

What can I put in my recycling bin?

See: ‘Yes please’ and ‘No thanks’ lists below
(Stickers will be placed on green-lidded bins to remind what can/can’t be placed inside)

Yes please

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Envelopes
  • Catalogues
  • Telephone Directories
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Cardboardv
  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Sweet/Chocolate tins
  • Tin foil
  • Aerosol cans (discharged)
  • Plastic bottles (milk, drink, shampoo, household cleaners etc)
  • Fast food trays
  • Fruit punnets (including lids)
  • Carrier bags
  • Packaging film
  • Margarine & ice cream tubs
  • Small plant pots & seed trays (no soil)
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Foam fast food boxes and egg cartons
  • Tetrapak (milk & drink cartons)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

No thanks

  • Paint Tins
  • Polystyrene
  • Toys
  • Plastic furniture
  • Crisp bags
  • Video cassettes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Bin liners
  • Pyrex
  • Crockery
  • Broken or sheet glass
  • Batteries (use battery bag)
  • Nappies
  • Small electrical items (please use Mind bag)

Contact us

Officer / Team Neighbourhood Services
Postal address Blaby District Council
Council Offices
Desford Road
LE19 2EP
E-mail address environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk
Telephone 0116 272 7555
Fax 0116 272 7594

All above information on this page sourced from

Spring launch for new recycling scheme

Spring 2013 will see the launch of a new recycling scheme in Blaby district.

Following two well received recycling trials involving over 4,000 households in parts of Braunstone Town, Sharnford, Sapcote, Leicester Forest East, Narborough and Aston Flamville, Councillors have voted in favour of introducing a new system for the district’s kerbside collection scheme.

It will make recycling easier for residents, allowing them to put all their cans, plastics, paper and cardboard into the same wheeled bin.

The new scheme also offers environmental improvements by reducing the number of vehicles from six to three, reducing the amount of fuel used and providing less congestion on the roads.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services said:

We welcome this new scheme, which will not only make recycling easier for residents, but save money and reduce the Council’s carbon footprint.

Refuse collections will continue to be made weekly and recycling will be collected fortnightly. Residents will receive a new 240ltr recycling wheeled bin.

Glass will not be collected, which will save over £200,000, but glass recycling will still be possible by using local recycling banks.

Since the Council started to collect glass 22 years ago, the price of mixed glass has fallen and the cost of diesel has risen to a point where it now costs £200,000 each year to collect glass from residents’ houses.

Because glass at recycling sites is colour separated it does command a higher price making this method of collection financially viable.

The Council will endeavour to increase the number of glass recycling bank sites in the district prior to the new scheme commencing.

For more information email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call customer services on            0116 272 7555      .

Have your say on waste site redevelopment

There’s still time for people to have their say on plans to redevelop Whetstone Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS).

How the new Whetstone RHWS may look

The County Council proposals include giving the site a modern makeover by creating a new waste disposal area, which will include easy access skips, for the public to use.

The project also aims to improve access for vehicles to help reduce congestion and includes the building of a new waste transfer site.

People can have their say on the plans by completing an online survey at www.leics.gov.uk/wastesite_whetstone or by visiting a roadshow at Blaby Farmers’ Market (Blaby Social Centre car park, Leicester Road) between 9am and 1pm on Saturday (May 26).

Comments can also be made at information stands at Blaby District Council’s offices and the Blaby District Council Shared Services Shop at Forge Corner, Blaby, until Sunday June 17.

People who do not have access to the internet, or who are not able to attend the roadshow, can call 0116 3058389 or email waste.projects@leics.gov.uk for more information on the proposals.

12 jobs created at Enderby recycling plant

Bakers Waste, the waste management company with premises in Granite Close, Enderby, has created 12 jobs after opening a new recycling plant.

The company reportedly spent £250,000 setting up the ‘picking line’ at its Enderby site.

The plant segregates building materials to be re-used by the construction industry and will be able to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of waste a year, with 65 per cent recycled.

Business development manager Judith Hollingworth told the Leicester Mercury newspaper that the firm hoped to take on another 18 staff at the site during the next twelve months, adding that the company was seeing “high demand”.

Bakers Waste was founded in 2000 by Paul Baker and had a turnover of about £6.5 million in the year to September 30. The company, which employs about 80 people, acquired the Enderby site after taking over Glenfield Waste in 2009.

It lists among its clients Aggregate Industries, of Bardon, Leicester City FC and Leicester Tigers.

Mr Baker was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Leicestershire Business Awards, in association with the Leicester Mercury. The company also operates plants in Nottingham, Derby an Coventry.