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Torridge Make Efficiency Changes to Domestic Refuse Rounds

Black Bag Waste

Households checking their online collection calendars this week may notice a few changes. Our online calendars have been updated ahead of a service change coming into force on 5th August which will see some areas (10%) having different collection days for their black bags/ refuse.

Please note that if your black bag collection normally takes place this week your collection will go ahead as normal. Collections in Hartland, Devonshire Park, Cornborough Road, Deer Park and Buckleigh Grange will all take place this week as normal. From the 5th August there will be some changes to collections in these areas and the revised online calendars will show the new collection days. Leaflets are being delivered to all affected properties and will also detail the new collection arrangements.

12 months ago Torridge District Council implemented changes to its waste and recycling services which saw recycling rates leap from 41% to 51%. Now that the new services are established the Council are looking to make further efficiency savings by re-balancing the domestic refuse (black bag) service which will affect a small proportion of our households.

The changes only involve the fortnightly black bag collections and no changes are currently being made to the weekly recycling collections. A number of Torridge households will see changes to the day and week in which their black bags are collected, but for the vast majority of residents (over 90%) there will be no change to their current arrangements. The rearranged collections will still maintain a fortnightly service for black bag waste.

Councillor Chris Leather, Lead Member for Waste & Recycling said:

"Torridge District Council continues to look for ways to make its collections more efficient and this rebalancing of the black bag rounds will cut down on fuel costs. This will reduce vehicle emissions by reducing the instance of vehicles travelling along the same routes. We are really pleased that so many of our residents are choosing to recycle more, particularly through the use of our weekly food collections which takes so much food waste out of the black bags, and we will do our best to minimise any disruption to household collections." 

29 July 2019