Tens of thousands of residents are to receive a new wheelie bin and rubbish bags as part of a major recycling shake-up.
Newcastle Borough Council started delivering the bins to people in Cross Heath, Knutton, Silverdale and the Stanier Street area of Newcastle last week.
They will also receive a leaflet explaining how the new system will work and then a calendar detailing when their rubbish will be collected.
A council spokesman said: “Delivering the containers to more than 50,000 properties is a big task which will take many weeks to complete.
“A contractor will do most of the work for us so that we can concentrate on preparing for the new services and working safely to provide existing services for residents during the coronavirus.
“We will deliver your containers before your first collection of the new service.”
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The new-look kerbside collection service sees all recycling being stored and collected together.
The new blue bin will be for glass, plastic and cans and replace the old system of separate boxes. It will be collected on alternate weeks to the household waste bin. There will also be a weighted bag for paper and cardboard, and a separate food waste caddy.
Council leaders say the new system is simpler for residents and more cost effective – although £3 million is being spent on new wagons and bins. It is expected to be fully operational by August 3.
The council spokesman added: “This new recycling service is cost effective to operate, simpler for residents to use and will help keep streets looking tidy across the borough.
“At first we may sometimes have to collect the blue recycling bin and bag contents mixed together, or send them mixed together from our yard to a reprocessor. As soon as we can, the contents will be sent separately for sorting and recycling, so it’s really important that you use the new bin and bag as our leaflets and website indicate. Otherwise, we will not be able to collect from your new containers.”
You will receive your new bin this week if you live here:
- The Marsh, Basford;
- The southern part of the Hempstalls area;
- The Brampton;
- The Enderley Street area;
- The King Street area;
- The Brunswick Street area;
- Stubbs Gate;
- The Freehold Street area;
- The Seabridge Lane area;
- The Emery Avenue area.
You will receive your new bin in the week commencing June 8 if you live here:
- Pipe Gate;
- Minn Bank;
- Chorlton Moss;
- Hill Chorlton;
- Chapel Chorlton;
- Ashley Heath;
- Red Bull;
- The Westlands;
- Westbury Park;
- The Northwood Lane area;
- The Tansey Way area.
You will receive your new bin in the week commencing June 15 if you live here:
- Baldwins Gate;
- Madeley Park;
- Whitmore Heath;
- Dab Green;
- Keele University campus;
- Keele village;
- Madeley Heath;
- Finney Green;