Trial recycling scheme set to get final go ahead

Winchester City Council’s Cabinet is being asked to confirm the final details of a trial alternate weekly collection of refuse and dry recyclables which is due to start in part of the district from October for a period of 12 months.

The proposed pilot area will include Micheldever, Sutton Scotney, Wonston, South Wonston, part of Kingworthy, Abbott’s Barton, part of Harestock, Littleton, Crawley, Sparsholt, Hursley, and the Southdown area of Shawford/Otterbourne.

The trial is being introduced to test new ways of collecting waste in order to meet Government recycling targets for the Winchester district.

At their meeting on 19 May the City Council’s Cabinet will review final plans for the pilot scheme, which will include a free fortnightly collection of garden waste and the provision of larger bins for recycling within the pilot area. The report also asks them to consider representations made by Sparsholt and South Wonston Parish Councils that they are not included within the scheme.

This new arrangement will mean a change to how refuse is collected within the area. During the trial normal refuse bins will be emptied every other week. Householders in the trial area will also be provided with a special reusable bag for garden waste that is collected fortnightly. Householders will also be able to obtain a larger recycling bin free of charge. Those that do not already have a recycling bin will be able to obtain one.

The purpose of the trial is to reduce waste and recycle more. Reducing waste through improved recycling will mean that less material will need to go to landfill or be incinerated. It will also help to reduce the costs of waste disposal associated with increases in landfill tax.

The cost of the scheme is supported by funding awarded to Project Integra by Defra under the National Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund.