Big green bins are coming

Big green recycling bins are being delivered to homes in half of the Winchester district in the next few weeks as the City Council gears up to start its new alternative weekly collection scheme this autumn.

Every home that wants one will receive a bigger recycling bin to help with the Council's big push to increase its recycling rates.

Cllr Frank Pearson, the City Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment, joined the Serco team as the first bins were rolled out in the city centre, where he met Winchester resident Karen Dunford, who was delighted with the bigger recycling bin.

"We are all keen recyclers and our family of four has no trouble filling the existing bin," said Karen. "It's amazing just how much stuff you can recycle. We are pretty good at squashing our plastic bottles and tins but with the bigger bin we will be able to recycle even more."

The new bins have a sticker in the lid which helps residents by showing what can - and can't - be recycled. All recyclables can be put straight into the bin loose. There is no need to put them into plastic bags as this makes sorting of the materials more difficult.

"Basically we want all your paper, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles," said Cllr Pearson. "If you are having problems, just call our Recycling Advisers on 0800 008 60 50 who will be happy to discuss the new scheme and how it affects you.

"We are also running a series of roadshows throughout September and October so that residents can drop in at any time if they have questions about how the new scheme will work."

The first phase of the new collection cycle includes homes in Colden Common (parts), Compton and Shawford, Harestock, Kings Worthy, New Alresford, Otterbourne (parts) and Twyford. Also, all of Winchester City including Badger Farm, Fulflood, Harestock, Highcliffe, Hyde, Oliver's Battery, Stanmore, Teg Down, Weeke, Winnall, St Cross and the city centre.

The rest of the district will be joining the scheme in April 2007.