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Rubbish: Council brings in new arrangements

February 12, 2020 8:53 PM
By WC (edited)

Wiltshire Council is making changes to your kerbside recycling collection service.

Letters are being sent to every household in Wiltshire to inform them of their new collection day. Residents can also go online and check their collection day and print off a bespoke collection calendar at

In summary, the changes are:

  • In the blue lidded bin you can recycle: cans, tins, aerosols, paper, cardboard, cartons, foil, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • In your black box you can recycle: glass bottles and jars and bagged, dry textiles
  • The blue lidded bins and black boxes will be emptied fortnightly on the same day, using new recycling collection vehicles.

Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Waste said "These improvements to the kerbside recycling service will make it even easier for people to recycle their waste and help us increase the amount of waste we recycle.

"The service changes will take place from 24 February to 20 March, so we are asking people to look out for a letter which will tell them the dates of their last black box and blue lidded bin collection under the current system and the date of their first collection under the new system. Once they have received their letters, people can also visit our website to find out when their recycling collection day will be under the new arrangements.

"The collection day changes will improve the efficiency of our rounds and reduce the number of vehicles on our roads. Fewer vehicles mean we will reduce our environmental impact and contribute to our aim of becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030."

Recycling tips:

  • Wash and squash all cans, tins, plastic and cartons where possible
  • Bottles, jars, cans, cartons and aerosols should be empty; lids can be left on
  • Flatten cardboard boxes to make more room in your bin.

WC is also getting heavy on people who want extra binnage. They say: "If you think you may not have enough room in your blue lidded bin, try squashing and flattening as much of your recycling as possible. Larger or additional blue lidded bins will not be delivered until residents have first tried the new service and demonstrated to themselves that, despite squashing and flattening, they need additional capacity. They can then request a larger or additional blue lidded bin via the Wiltshire Council website."