Rotherham's cardboard recycling 'amnesty' set to end

By Admin | 13/04/2012 5 comments

Rotherham's cardboard recycling  'amnesty' set to end

ROTHERHAM Council’s cardboard recycling “amnesty” ends on Monday.

The council says that the period of transition to new rules governing the collection of green waste will end next week and cardboard put in green bins will no longer be collected.

Strict new rules on the collection of green waste for composting came into force on March 19, but residents were given two weeks to familiarise themselves with the new rules.

The changes have come about as a result of new composting guidance by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR), requiring the Council to change the current collection arrangements

A council spokesman said: "We have responded to a small number of calls from customers who said that they were not aware of the changes. We have distributed over 100,000 leaflets outlining the new arrangements and have tried to remain flexible during this adjustment period."

The council says that it anticipates that the majority of card produced will fit into the existing blue bag or bags when flattened. If it will not fit, large corrugated card will be collected if folded and secured under the blue box in the same way that a number of other councils already provide the service.

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The other option is to recycle the cardboard at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

The spokesman added: "Quite simply the cost of providing 112,000 new bins would have been over £2 million pounds. There would also have been the additional cost of adapting the existing recycling vehicles. We can still provide a quality service at a fraction of that cost with a number of ways for people to dispose of their cardboard.

"To have spent such an excessive amount would have been irresponsible at any time, but especially under the current financial climate.

"In continuing to support recycling and not ceasing the collection of cardboard altogether the Council has had to take a pragmatic view."

Householders are being encouraged to request an additional blue bag if required and RMBC are purchasing a slightly larger blue bag to replace the existing ones, which will be phased in later this year.

A blue bag currently costs approximately 69 pence but the cost of a  wheeled bin is over £20. 

Collection crews ahave been  instructed to return blue bags and secure them on the property, preferably under the empty blue box or attached to the empty green bin.

Waste management collection crews are collecting the following for recycling/composting:

Blue bag - paper and card.
Blue box - glass, cans and textiles.
Green bin - garden waste.


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  • The blue bags frequently get blown away on our street, which is a bit of a wind tunnel, so not only will we be recycling less cardboard as the bags are not big enough we'll have to constantly phone up the council and ask for another bag. We were given only 1 week to get used to these new rules. The idea that anything too big should be folded to the regulation size 60cm by 30cm is a bit daft. Would love to revisit this in a year and see how much cardboard recycling has fallen...

    swinny. Mon 16 Apr 16:14:36.

  • The net result of these new changes are that I will recycle much less. A straw poll locally confirms that this is the case for many residents. Expect more bonfires and cardboard blowing up and down the street, then!

    redpola. Fri 13 Apr 09:51:59.

  • I won't be using my green bin now, so I asked if I could use it as a substitute for several blue bags which allow card to get wet or to blow away. I was told that this was impossible. It's impossible to pick up card from a gen bin, but possible to pick it from a blue bag. These blue bags must be amazing!

    redpola. Fri 13 Apr 09:49:27.

  • The new policy makes it impractical for me to recycle anywhere near the amount of cardboard as before. This amnesty is news to me also. I was away for the first week of the new system so had my first collection last Wednesday. Since I had only clean card in my green bin I made several large labels "CLEAN CARD ONLY- NO GARDEN WASTE", fixed them prominently to my green bin, and left it outside. My bin was not emptied.

    redpola. Fri 13 Apr 09:47:41.

  • The new policy makes it impractical for me to recycle anywhere near the amount of cardboard as before. This amnesty is news to me also. I was away for the first week of the new system so had my first collection last Wednesday. Since I had only clean card in my green bin I made several large labels "CLEAN CARD ONLY- NO GARDEN WASTE", fixed them prominently to my green bin, and left it outside. My bin was not emptied.

    redpola. Fri 13 Apr 09:47:12.

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