Rubbish and recycling changes from April 2017 - We’re changing the way your bins are collected

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Why is it changing?

Increasing recycling:
  • the new service is expected to deliver an increase in recycling to over 40% within 12 months
Wasting less:
  • 40% of the rubbish we currently throw away is food waste – from April 2017 it can instead be turned into energy and compost.
Saving money:
  • The new service will help us save £10.3 million of taxpayers’ money over the 8 year contract period to help us protect other vital services

How is my collection changing?

To increase recycling, reduce waste and save local taxpayers’ money, we are changing the way your bins are collected. The changes depend on whether you live in:
  • a house and get a kerbside collection
  • a house and get a bagged collection
  • a flat 
  • a flat above a shop

Assisted collections

If you currently receive an assisted collection service this will continue. There is no need for you to do anything. If you don’t currently have assisted collections but think you may struggle with the new containers, please call us: contact Sutton Council.

House with a kerbside collection

  • Food waste will be collected every week - new service with new container
  • Paper and card will be collected every two weeks
  • Plastics, glass, cans and cartons will be collected every two weeks - new container
  • Rubbish will be collected every two weeks
  • Garden waste will be collected every two weeks (subscription-based service)
  • Textiles will be collected every week when placed in an tied carrier or clear bag next to the recycling bin/box
  • Batteries will be collected every week when placed in a tied carrier or clear bag next to the recycling bag/box

When we deliver your new containers, look inside. You will find further information about how to use the new service.

Dimensions of the new bins

The outdoor food waste containers (with lockable lids) will be approximately:

  • Width - 320 mm
  • Depth - 400 mm
  • Height - 405 mm
The kitchen caddy:
  • Width - 252mm
  • Depth - 229mm
  • Height - 234mm
The kerbside recycling boxes for plastic, cans and glass (with lid) will be approximately:
  • Width - 585 mm
  • Depth - 390 mm
  • Height - 350 mm
The green bin (which will be paper and cardboard recycling bin from 1st April) will remain the same (240 ltrs or 140 ltrs).
The brown bin (for landfill waste) will remain the same 140 ltrs (Customers with medical condition or family of 5 and more can apply for a large 240 ltrs bin).

House with a bagged collection

  • Plastics, glass, cans and cartons will be collected every two weeks - new bags
  • Paper and card will be collected every two weeks
  • Rubbish will be collected every two weeks - new bags
  • Textiles will be collected every week when placed in an tied carrier or clear bag next to the recycling bin/box
  • Batteries will be collected every week when placed in a open carrier or clear bag next to the recycling bag/box

We will supply you with all the recycling containers and rubbish bags you need to use the new service. From April 2017, we will only collect rubbish if it is contained in the red bags we provide you with.

When we deliver your new recycling containers and rubbish bags, we will also provide you with further information about how to use the new service.

Flat

  • Food waste will be collected every week - new service with new container
  • Paper and card will be collected every week - new container
  • Plastics, glass, cans and cartons will be collected every week
  • Rubbish will be collected every week
When we deliver your new food waste kitchen caddy, look inside. You will find further information about how to use the new service. The service for flats will be tailored to individual blocks, to account for differences in amount of available space or to accommodate management agents’ routines.

Flat above a shop

  • Paper, card, plastics, glass, cans and cartons will be collected every week - new service with new bags
  • Rubbish will be collected every week - new bags

We will supply you with the bags you need to use the service. We will only collect materials if they are contained in these bags. 

When we deliver your new recycling and rubbish bags, we will also provide you with further information about how to use the new service.