Recycling revamp to hit Welwyn Hatfield households

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 August 2013

The new bins

The new bins

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CHANGES to household recycling are set to hit Welwyn Hatfield by the end of next month.

The recycling revamp is set to boost council coffers, with it expected to bring in an extra £40,000 a year.

The changes come as Welwyn Hatfield Council is forced to meet more stringent national guidelines, but a senior politician does not think it will impact too badly on households.

Councillor Colin Couch, environment chief, said: “These changes are being made to help us to improve the quality of our recycling.

“It is also much better for our environment and finances to recycle more good 
quality materials.

“Overall, these new measures will reduce our reliance on landfill, while at the same time generating valuable income to support the provision of local services.”

The borough-wide overhaul changes what can and cannot be recycled by residents, with plastic carrier bags now destined for landfill – rather than being put in the blue lidded recycling bin

Cardboard, which previously went in the brown composting bin with garden waste, will now be collected in the blue lidded bin.

Tetra Pak containers will also be included for recycling.

Cllr Couch, who represents Northaw and Cuffley, added: “Some residents might be 
anxious about the new arrangements, but as with other service changes, people soon get used to the new routine.

“Over recent years, we’ve successfully increased the quantity we recycle, now we just need to adjust the service to maintain this, whilst also ensuring the quality is kept as high as possible.”

Leaflets spelling out the changes will be put through residents’ letter boxes in WGC and Hatfield next month ahead of the overhaul.

For a full list of the changes see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out now.


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