Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has confirmed it is "trialling new recycling services" after residents complained about a lack of bins.

A resident at Gilbert House in Broadwater Road contacted the Welwyn Hatfield Times after raising his concerns with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council about the lack of recycling bins for those living in the building.

He was told they had "decided against providing recycling bins for the properties", adding: "Once the entire development is complete there will be around 13 blocks, with more than 100 flats in each block.

"In this day and age, to leave 1,300 without recycling bins seems appalling. These flats were sold to us as state-of-the-art, eco-friendly properties, but we are unable to recycle."

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council were quick to confirm to this newspaper that they are "trialling new and enhanced recycling services", with Gilbert House involved.

"The council is committed to providing recycling at flats where this is possible," said a spokeswoman for WHBC.

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"We will be trialling new and enhanced recycling services at a number of flats across the borough over the coming weeks, including Gilbert House.

"Residents living in these flats will be able to recycle cardboard, paper, glass, cans and hard plastics and will be contacted shortly so they can learn more about the trial."

The housing association for Gilbert House, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, also confirmed these plans, revealing that they would involve "recycling containers for flats".

MTVH also confirmed they have requested Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council provide the services to Gilbert House "as a priority".

"We share residents’ frustration, and for over two years it is something we have been pressing for at a nearby development," said a spokesman for MTVH.

"Earlier this year, a council pilot scheme for recycling containers in flats was announced, and we have requested that Broadwater Road properties are included as a priority."