Sunday, April 2, 2023

Council announce reduced bin collection rounds

DURING the summer, Thurrock households may see a change in the day their waste is collected.

Following the introduction of the three-bin system in 2009 recycling rates soared and that, combined with bringing the service back in-house has reduced costs.

Weekly collections of all three bins will continue under the new plan agreed by Thurrock Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (10 March) evening which will bring in the savings agreed by council in February.

Speaking after the meeting cabinet member for environment, Cllr Victoria Holloway, said: “We have negotiated an agreement with staff that means the number of rounds the waste service run will be reduced.

“This will mean the routes themselves will change – these need regular upgrading anyhow, and that was due to happen this year.

“We expect all the testing of new routes to be complete by the end of May and the new system to come into effect on Monday, 3 June.”

Cllr Holloway said: “We will be running a campaign in the weeks running up to the change in collection day, with adverts in the papers, social media, information cards through letterboxes, briefings for the contact centre, and so on.

“I don’t doubt there will be some problems in the first few weeks, and we will be ready for that and do our best to be helpful and understanding as residents get to grips with their new collection day.”

At the moment, Thurrock Council has 25 collection rounds a day, from June there will be 21 a day. The changes will be implemented with no permanent staff being made redundant.



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