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CONFIRMED: Get ready for changes to Gravesham's waste and recycling collections - find out more here

PUBLISHED: 15:05 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:45 24 February 2017

Gravesham Borough Council

Gravesham Borough Council

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Residents in a number of homes around the borough are set for changes to their bin collections.

From June, homes in the borough already using a recycling wheelie bin will receive a second bin, specifically for general waste.

The introduction will replace the current use for black sacks.

While collection days are not set to change, the frequency is, with each bin taken on alternating weeks.

Food waste will continue to be collected weekly, and no side waste will be collected during pick-ups.

The initiative, which aims to encourage recycling and cut down waste across Gravesham, will not effect those properties which do not use wheelie bins, such as terraced houses or apartment blocks using shared bins.

The new bins will be issued from the start of June and will be handed out throughout the month.

This is the second phase of changes the borough has seen since it shifted from having a two-bag system in 2014.

“The introduction of this new general waste bin will allow our recycling rate to continue to rise too,” explained community services cabinet member Sandra Garside.

“Since 2014, when the recycling wheelie bins were introduced, it’s risen from 24 per cent to 35 per cent and we hope we’ll be able to improve this figure further.”

From March 6, Gravesham council will be sharing literature and content online to help residents understand the new changes.

Added Cllr Garside: “We’re trying to make it as easy as possible to understand so everyone on the scheme will get an information booklet and calendar when the bin is delivered and it will tell them what week they need to put each bin out on.”

“The bins will also help keep our streets cleaner because we’ll have less black sacks split by animals, so again we thank everyone for getting on board with this part of the roll out and keeping our streets and neighbourhoods tidy.”

For residents that want to opt into the wheelie bin system, or to find out more about the changes, visit www.gravesham.gov.uk/waste.

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