Bournemouth Council

Refuse and Food Waste Collection Service

Proposals this month

Plans to make changes to the refuse and food waste collection service in Bournemouth have now been approved by Cabinet (14 December 2016).

As of April 2017, the Council will introduce an alternate weekly rubbish bin collection service, and enhance the food waste collection for households in Bournemouth.

Under the plans, residents will continue to use their 140 litre Little Bin for rubbish and 240 litre Big Bin for recycling, with the option for residents to request a 23 litre food waste container or continue to use their current 12 litre food waste bin.  Larger households or those with children in nappies may apply for a second 140 litre bin, if they meet specific criteria.

The changes are in response to ongoing service improvements and substantial reductions in central government funding.

If you would like to know more information about the changes, please read through our frequently asked questions below.

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From April 2017 the Council will introduce an alternate weekly bin collection service. This means you will still receive a weekly collection. The Big Bin (recycling) will be collected one week, and Little Bin (rubbish) the next week.

As part of the changes the Council will also enhance the weekly food waste collection scheme, and will offer residents the option to have a 23 litre food waste bin which will be collected every week. 

Residents will still receive a weekly food waste collection service, and you can decide if you would like a new larger 23 litre container or to continue using your current 12 litre container.

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Under the plans, households will continue to use their 140 litre Little Bin and 240 litre Big Bin which will be collected on alternate weeks.

As part of the changes the Council will also enhance the weekly food waste collection scheme, and will offer residents the option to have a 23 litre food waste bin which will be collected every week. 

Residents will still receive a weekly food waste collection service, and you can decide if you would like a new larger 23 litre container or to continue using your current 12 litre container.

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Changes to the refuse and food waste collection service will start from April 2017. 
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The Council estimates it needs to make savings of £16.4m over the next three years due to cuts in government funding and increasing demand for services. By introducing an alternate weekly collection service, it is estimated to save the Council approximately £495K per year.
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72% of Councils in England now operate alternate weekly rubbish collections, including Dorset and Poole. Evidence from other local authorities already operating this service shows that less frequent rubbish collections encourages residents to waste less and recycle more.

Over a third of waste thrown away in Bournemouth is food waste.  Currently it costs the Council £40 per tonne more to dispose of food waste in the rubbish bin than it costs to dispose of it in the separate food waste container. By separating food waste from the general waste means it can be used to make valuable products such as compost and energy.

It also costs the Council £75 per tonne more to dispose of good recycling in the Little Bin than in the Big Bin for recycling which means we need to encourage more people to recycle.  

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The plan is to initially roll out the changes to households with the exception of some town centre properties.

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Flats which currently have the Big Bin, Little Bin arrangement in place will change in line with the plans. Flats which use a communal bin will need to have a site visit to determine the suitability of refuse collections on alternate weeks.

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As part of the new service we will re-design the collection routes which will mean some changes to your collection day.  Ahead of the changes being introduced we will send residents an information pack with a new calendar letting you know your new collection day.

The times of your collection are likely to change so please remember to leave your bin out from 5am until 8pm (or until it is collected) on your collection dates as our collection teams work into the evenings.

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The Council will be implementing the alternate weekly collection service from April 2017. Until then the service will remain the same and you should continue to put your bins out on your current allocated collection days.

Ahead of the changes being made it’s important to think more about what you are wasting and to start recycling as much as you can now.   There is more information including useful tips on how to reduce your waste on the recycling pages.

You will be able to request a larger food waste container on this website in early 2017, before the new service begins in April 2017.

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We will continue to offer a small food caddy (5 litre) to keep in your kitchen and compostable caddy liners. Liners are free of charge and available from all Bournemouth libraries and some Community Centres.

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A report by WRAP (Waste Resource Action Programme) on Alternate Week Waste Collections in 2007 concluded that this type of collection did not pose a threat to human health.

Wheelie bins are a hygienic way of containing waste if the waste is bagged and tied, the bin lid is kept closed and you have double bagged pet waste.

We will still collect your biodegradable food waste weekly from your food waste container.

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The success of the new refuse and food waste collection service will rely on residents reducing the amount of waste they put in the Little Bin.

To support residents through this transition, we will be running a public information campaign, starting in January, to highlight the reasons for the changes, encourage participation in the food waste collection and provide information on the alternate weekly collections of refuse.

The day or week of your collections might change so we will be sending every household an information pack containing a collection calendar and information leaflet before the new service begins in April.

We will also be working with managing agents and landlords to support residents living in communal properties.

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We are keen to work with residents to address concerns and provide additional capacity where there is a genuine need, so we should not see an increase in fly-tipping as a result of these collection changes.

We do carefully monitor and report fly-tipping nationally, taking speedy action to clear and investigate reported fly-tipping incidents within our delegated powers and obligations. We will take enforcement action where we have evidence. Please report any fly-tipping you see, providing as much information as you can and we will take the appropriate action.

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As part of the plans residents will be able to apply for an additional refuse bin.  Larger households or those with children in nappies may apply for a second 140 litre bin, if they meet specific criteria.  Those with medical needs will also be able to apply for an additional bin.
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Over 60% of Bournemouth’s household waste can be recycled in the Big Bin, and over a third of the waste we throw away in Bournemouth is food.  The small amount that you can’t recycle should fit into your Little Bin.

Extra recycling will be collected from a cardboard box next to your bin on your collection day. If you regularly overfill your recycling bin, you can have extra recycling bins.

We will not take excess rubbish placed on top, next to or overflowing from Little Bin. Extra rubbish will need to be taken to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Christchurch Household Recycling Centre.

As you will have less room in your bin for your rubbish, it is important to think more about what you are wasting and recycle as much as you can now.

Discounted compost bins are available to Bournemouth residents from Get Composting or by phoning 0844 571 4444. These composters are subsidised and start from just £6.

You may think about ways to cut down the amount of waste you have to throw away. The recycling team run a number of waste prevention campaigns including the Real Nappy Incentive Scheme, Give or Take Days, Repair Café & Love Food Hate Waste to help the community reduce the amount of waste we produce and to reuse more of our stuff. 

Check our A-Z for ideas about how to reduce and reuse your things.

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From next year you will be able to apply for an additional rubbish bin if you have a:

- Household with five or more permanent occupants

- Household with 2+ children in nappies

- Medical condition that generates extra waste

Bins will need to be purchased by residents or the landlord unless you receive certain income based benefits.

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From January 2017 residents will be able to request a larger food waste container.  We will communicate this through various channels including the website, social media, local media and our e-newsletter service.  Sign up to the Recycling & Waste e-newsletter.

In March we will be sending residents an information pack which will provide all the information you need to know ready for the changes happening.  As part of this pack you will also receive an information calendar detailing your new collection day.

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The garden waste service will remain the same so if you registered for the service then follow the information you have already been given.  Register for the garden waste collection service.
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