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Recycling collections in Pendle are changing!

Published: Tuesday, 6th February 2018

Photo of Cllr David Clegg with blue bin.

Councillor David Clegg with one of the new blue bins

Recycling collections in Pendle will be changing from April.

Cardboard and paper for recycling will be collected every four weeks instead of every fortnight.

And brown bins for glass bottles, jars, cans and plastic bottles will be collected every four weeks too. 

Grey bin collections of rubbish will continue to be collected fortnightly, due to popular demand and green bin collections for garden waste will continue to be fortnightly, for those on our optional scheme.

Collection days will stay the same, but there will be a different recycling collection on different weeks.

That’s why Pendle Council is offering an optional free blue wheelie bin to anyone who’d like one for storing paper and card for four weeks.

The new blue bins can be ordered anytime from Monday 5th February to Friday 2nd March and will be delivered between 12th and 29th March to anyone who’s requested one.

More details about how the new service will work is on where people can also order a free blue bin online.

Councillor David Clegg who leads on recycling said:

“We’re running three roadshows in February so that people can come and chat to staff about the changes and see what the new blue bins are like. 
“And we’ll be delivering a new calendar explaining which bins to put out when to every home in Pendle in March,” he added.

The roadshows, which include the chance to order a bin, are being held at:
•    Asda, Colne on Thursday 22nd February from 12 noon – 6pm
•    Morrisons, Nelson on Saturday 24th February from 10am – 2pm
•    Co-op Barnoldswick on Wednesday 28 February from 2pm – 6pm

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council explained:

“Pendle Council is having to make the changes in a bid to save around £190,000.

“From April we lose Lancashire County Council’s annual subsidy of £760,000 towards our waste and recycling service, so we have had to find a new way to provide this service.

“Following a consultation where over 2,200 people gave their views, we are putting in place the changes which over half – 56% - said would be the best option for them,” he said.
“Most people told us that do not put their recycling bins or containers out fortnightly,” he added.

“We have gone for the option which will cause people the least disruption.

“The blue bin is completely optional and anyone who wants one can also arrange to have their green box removed for free.

“But if people want to continue recycling paper and card in their green bin or in a cardboard box or carrier bag, they can,” he said.
Here is an example of how the new service will work:
Week 1 Grey bin for rubbish 
Week 2 Brown bin Glass bottles/jars, cans and plastic bottles 
Week 3  Grey bin for rubbish 
Week 4 Blue bin/green box/cardboard box or carrier bag for cardboard and paper