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Gravesham residents have 'mixed reactions' to bin collection changes

PUBLISHED: 15:58 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 31 May 2017

Gravesham residents will now use wheelie bins instead of black sacks

Gravesham residents will now use wheelie bins instead of black sacks

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The alernate weekly bin collections begin on Monday, June 5

Reactions to the switch to alternate weekly bin collection in Gravesham have been mixed, say the council.

From next Monday, June 5, householders will use wheelie bins, instead of black sacks, and residents will see recycling collected one week, and general waste the next.

A spokesperson for Gravesham council said: “The reactions been mixed really, there’s those who welcome it. The majority of residents understand the benefits, such as foxes and cats no longer ripping the bags open, but others are concerned that there won’t be enough space for all of their rubbish with it not being taken every week.

“We’re one of the last boroughs to roll out the change, but you can’t really tell reactions before you do something.

“We’ll be able to gage more of a reaction after the first couple of weeks. We’ll be out with the rubbish trucks, taking pictures, and speaking with householders.”

The wheelie bins will start being delivered on Monday, but not all residents will receive them straight away, with some residents waiting until the end of the month.

Director of environment and operations, Nick Brown, said: “Residents don’t need to do anything at the moment, they just need to wait until their bin is delivered in June. Once they have got their bin they should start using it straight away.

“We’d like to remind residents that they will only get a bin for their general waste if they have already got a recycling bin. If they haven’t already got a bin but would like one, they can request to have one on our website. Residents who don’t have a recycling wheelie bin will remain on black sacks for general waste.”

The day of the week for collections will not change, and extra waste will have to be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Pepperhill, as it won’t be taken at the following collection.

Gravesham people who live in flats, with communal bins, will have no change, and continue using black sacks.

For more information on how to apply for the service, visit www.gravesham.gov.uk/home/bins-and-recycling/new-waste-service

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