‘All-in-one’ recycling bins are set to be rolled out across the borough by the end of the month – but residents will have to wait until November to use them.
Amber Valley Borough Council is to begin delivering the new green wheelie bins – which will allow residents to place their paper, card, cans, glass, and for the first time, plastic - in a single container – to homes from this week.
However, the existing system – which sees homes sort recyclables out into separate tubs and bags – will remain in place until November 19.
As part of the new service, residents will also be able to put out extra recycling as long as the glass is put out separately, using their old boxes, which they can keep if they want to.
The council’s new cabinet member for green and thriving places to live, Cllr Martin Tomlinson, said: “The much anticipated new all-in-one recycling bins will not only address residents’ wishes to be able to place all recycling into one container, they will also have no limit on the amount of extra recycling that can be put out on collection day.
“I am particularly pleased that we can now collect plastics from each home, which my predecessor, Councillor Jack Brown, was so keen to promote.
“The simple, but fantastic new system will be more accessible to people who may not have previously used the boxes and bags, and will also be delivered at no increased cost to the taxpayer.”
The new system is being introduced following a council survey in February which asked borough residents to have their say on the way waste is collected.
A total of 1,200 people responded, with a majority calling for a simplified recycling system. As a result, in March, the changes were first unveiled by the council, before being officially rubber stamped at a meeting in June.
The authority says collection days will not change when the bin system gets underway - but there maybe changes to the times bins are collected.
The new service will be delivered by the council’s existing waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Ltd, as part of a seven-year contract extension deal.
That decision was somewhat controversial as the Leader of the Amber Valley Labour group Cllr said he Paul Jones felt that the contract for the new service should have been put out to competitive tender.