Council takes lid off bin plan

High Peak residents will be able to recycle plastics at the kerbside from July 2.

New brown wheeled bins will be delivered to all households over a six-week period starting on May 21.

The new bin will be used for: plastics – including bottles, tubs and trays; food tins and drinks cans; aerosols; foil; newspapers/magazines; cardboard packaging and boxes.

Cllr Anthony McKeown, High Peak Borough Council’s executive member for community services, said: “The facility to recycle plastics at the kerbside is something that residents have wanted for a long time.

“That’s why I know that households will take to the new service with their customary enthusiasm, building on achievements that saw our recycling rate double to 42 per cent in the three years to 2010/11.”

The expanded service, operated by contractors Veolia Environmental Services, will mean that around half of all households will see a change to the day or week during which their bins are emptied. A leaflet spelling out the changes will be delivered to all properties alongside the new bin.

Cllr McKeown added: “The new, improved service is great news for keen recyclers who will no longer have to put up with the inconvenience and fuel costs of taking plastics to the neighbourhood recycling centres.

“The change will also see the end of the blue bags, with just the red bag for clothing being retained.”

The green-lidded bin will be used for garden waste and food scraps, the black bin for residual rubbish, and the green kerbside box for glass only.