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District Council agrees refuse and recycling changes

Blaby DC new vehicle rebrandPlans to move waste collections in the District of Blaby to alternate weekly have been approved by Councillors in response to a reduction of £745,000 of external funding.

Following the loss of £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council and £240,000 in a central government grant to run weekly recycling collections, Blaby District Council has spent a considerable amount of time looking at the options available to close the financial gap.

A four-week consultation in October-November 2017 was undertaken to gather resident’s views on the proposals.

Over 8,800 consultation responses were received during the consultation, with feedback vital for shaping the scheme.

Following consideration of residents’ needs and an in-depth study of the data, the new scheme will ensure all households have sufficient capacity to manage a move from weekly to alternate weekly collections.

The new scheme will begin in the summer of 2018.

Councillors approved plans at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 January, including:

  • Households in the district may be eligible for an increase in the capacity of their refuse bin depending on the number of permanent residents:
  • 1-3 residents can order up to 280ltrs, with a standard capacity of 140ltrs
  • 4-6 residents can order up to 380ltrs, with a standard capacity of 240ltrs
  • Households of up to 7+ residents can order up to 480ltrs, with a standard capacity of 380ltrs

Any bins ordered that take households over the standard refuse capacity will incur a one-off charge.

There may also be a need to make a one-off charge for orders of recycling bins which take households over the standard eligible capacity.

However, this will depend on the outcome of negotiations with Leicestershire County Council over a recycling incentive scheme authorised at their Cabinet meeting in September 2016.

Bins will be available to order in anticipation of the scheme in due course. This will be communicated to residents nearer the time.

Ensuring delivery of a “first rate service”

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr. Richardson

“Our new scheme will not only help us to close the financial gap left by the substantial loss in funding mentioned above, but it has been designed to ensure that we continue to deliver a first-rate service.

“The feedback from the consultation was extremely valuable to us, and I should like to thank all those residents who participated for taking the time to give us their views.

“Evidence from the consultation shows that a large proportion of residents will see no change in their bin size and for those who meet the criteria for larger bins exchanges will be arranged should they wish. In addition, where residents would like a larger bin, but do not meet the criteria, we will meet this request, but charges will/may be applicable.

“Change is never welcome but almost all councils now offer a service similar to the one we are moving to.

“What I can assure residents is that we have the quality of staff who will manage this transition efficiently, be available to address residents’ questions, and who will continue to deliver a service we can all be proud of.”

Full details on the new scheme and a frequently asked questions page will be available via www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018.

Final plans on ordering any additional or replacement bins will be announced when finalised.

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

Refuse collections in harsh weather

The Council spends months preparing for the harsh winter weather so services can continue but there are times when it’s too dangerous for crews to go out and collections are disrupted.

Collections are operating as normal. But if the ice and snow does set in overnight or throughout the day leave your bins out as normal. But if you have not had a collection by 4pm bring them back in.

Any bins not emptied will be collected on the households next scheduled collection day (the following week if it was refuse and two weeks later if it is recycling and garden waste).

The decision to suspend collections is not taken lightly and is a last resort after all safety issues have been considered.

A fully loaded truck weights 26 tonnes and is a major safety risk to pedestrians and other road users in snowy or icy conditions.

Refuse collection

Refuse collection

Keep up-to-date during winter weather

Refuse collectionPeople in Blaby district can get instant updates on their refuse and recycling service in the event of severe weather this winter by following the Council on twitter (@blabydc), facebook (facebook.com/blabydc) or visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/severe-weather.

» View refuse and recycling service holiday closure dates.

The Council spends months preparing for the harsh winter weather so services can continue but there are times when it is too dangerous for crews to go out and collections are affected.

Daily updates on all services will be posted on the Council’s twitter and facebook pages if the snow and ice does set in.

For more information on Blaby District Council’s services visit http://www.blaby.gov.uk/ or contact 0116 275 0555.

Information on Leicestershire County Council’s services, including the gritting of roads and snow clearance is available at http://www.leics.gov.uk/.


Christmas and new year bin collections in Blaby

Blaby District Council’s refuse and recycling service will close down on Friday December 21 and reopen on Saturday December 29 with all residents remaining on the same scheduled collection day after the new year.


Three extra bags of refuse (five if you have the very big bin) will be accepted alongside wheeled bins from Saturday December 29 up to and including Friday January 4 (no collection on January 1).


Additional recycling will be collected on the first scheduled recycling collection day after Christmas.


For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk or contact 0116 272 7555

Refuse collection

Council’s commitment to service wins government grant for boxes to bins scheme

Refuse collectionBlaby District’s new refuse and recycling scheme, which launches next year, will now include weekly recycling collections instead of fortnightly.

The Council has received £2 million funding from the Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme, which will allow it to retain weekly recycling collections for at least five years.

It also means a reduction of only two posts as opposed to the eight posts that were to be originally lost in the move to a fortnightly mixed collection.

The original plan for the new scheme was to continue weekly refuse collections, but for recycling to be collected fortnightly with residents receiving a larger 240 litre wheeled bin.

Weekly collections will utilise the existing 140 litre bins that residents already have, removing the need to supply everyone in the district with larger bins.

This will make the change over to the new system much simpler and easier to manage.

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

During the two trials conducted earlier this year, the preference from residents was clearly for weekly recycling collections and many expressed a desire to keep the current 140 litre bins.

It is therefore brilliant news that we are now able to do this, as well as being able to retain more of our staff than originally thought. Blaby District Council will be one of very few councils providing a weekly service for both refuse and recycling for the foreseeable future.

The new scheme will allow residents to put all their cans, plastics, paper and cardboard into the same wheeled bin, and offers environmental improvements by reducing the number of vehicles and the amount of fuel used, and providing less congestion on the roads.

For more information on the new scheme visit www.blaby.gov.uk, email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call customer services on             0116 272 7555      .