Residents in flats to get waste boost

PUBLISHED: 17:12 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 26 October 2009

FOR the first time, residents living in flats in Potters Bar will get the same recycling benefits as those living in houses. Over 1,000 flats are to be included in the extension of the ABC waste and recycling scheme, due to be put in place by the end of

FOR the first time, residents living in flats in Potters Bar will get the same recycling benefits as those living in houses.

Over 1,000 flats are to be included in the extension of the ABC waste and recycling scheme, due to be put in place by the end of the year.

Currently householders put out bins and recycling boxes for collection on a rotational basis.

One week vehicles collect general waste alongside plastic bottles and cans for recycling, and the next week perishable waste and paper are collected.

Since the introduction of the ABC scheme in 2006, people living in flats have only been able to put out general waste and some recyclable materials on a weekly basis.

Potters Bar councillor Eddie Roach welcomed the expansion of the scheme to the 1,205 flats in the town.

He told the Potters Bar Edition: "Providing the scheme works properly I'm all for it.

"We have had teething problems in the past but I welcome this extension and hopefully it will work efficiently."

Members of Hertsmere Borough Council's executive agreed to implement the plans, outlined in a report, to review refuse collection, recycling and street cleaning services.

The changes will see collection rounds split in half so every week one side of the borough puts out black bins while the other side puts out green bins.

The following week they will switch.

Speaking at the meeting, council leader Morris Bright said: "The reason for the changes is to ensure improved and better increasing amounts of recycling, less contamination and better disposal."

Councillor Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, said: "I don't want people out there to start panicking that we are going to be changing the system because that's not the case.

"When we start talking about splitting the borough in two for ease of the transfer systems, that will be done over a period of time suitable for everybody and with the least amount of inconvenience to members of the public.


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