People using Leicestershire’s largest waste site at the busiest time of year are encouraged to plan visits in advance whilst construction work takes place.
Leicestershire County Council is constructing a new facility at the Whetstone site to provide a modern layout with improved access and parking.
Work will take around eight months in total and the site will remain open for the duration.
However the Easter break is the busiest time of year for the county’s household waste sites and work at Whetstone will see the existing tipping area reduced, which could result in delays at peak periods.
Holly Field, assistant director for environment at Leicestershire County Council, said:
“Easter is the busiest time of the year for our recycling and household waste sites.
“As the re-development works are now underway at Whetstone, and to avoid queuing, we are encouraging people considering a spring clearout to plan their visits ahead.
“It’s best to visit this site during off-peak times, which are the early morning and late evening, or use alternate sites at Oadby Lutterworth and Barwell.”
The current site opening times are April to September – 8am to 8pm and October to March – 8am to 6pm.
To find information about recycling and household waste sites, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/waste or call 0116 305 0001.
Blaby 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.
Irons, kettles and toasters are just some of the items people in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby district will be able to recycle on their doorstep through the Council’s new electrical waste collection starting in January.
The service – being launched in partnership with mental health charity Mind – will allow households to recycle a wide range of electrical appliances with their fortnightly recycling collections.
Vacuum cleaners, laptops, printers, radios and lots more can be put in the Mind textile collection bags which will be picked up every two weeks from January. The items will be taken and tested and any that work will be sold through Mind’s shops raising vital funds for the charity. Any waste goods will be broken down and recycled.
Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for regulatory and neighbourhood services said:
“People in Blaby are already fantastic at recycling and we want to make it as easy as possible for them by continuing to expand the range of items they can recycle on their doorstep.”
Residents are asked not to put any electrical goods in their recycling boxes. Any larger items or appliances that might damage textiles can be left out to be collected with the Mind bag tied around them.
Large household appliances such as washing machines, cookers and fridges cannot be recycled through the scheme.
In April 2011 the Council expanded its plastic and can recycling scheme introducing a wide range of new items that could be recycled and more than 2,500 households ordered extra bins as a result.
Last year 47 tonnes of textiles were collected in partnership with Mind and increased demand has meant the Council is now able to offer a fortnightly service.
Ruth Boullin, regional manager for Mind in the East Midlands said:
“We have a successful history of working with the Council to offer services people value and need and that also benefit the environment and we want to continue that by developing new schemes like this.”
Electrical Items that can be collected through the new scheme: