Changes to waste collections

ROTHERHAM Council will no longer collect cardboard that is put in householders’ green bins.

The new operation of waste collections was introduced on Monday to meet a new set of national guidelines.

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.

The authority 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.

The move will save the council more than £2 million pounds, which they would have had to spend on providing 112, 000 new bins.

A spokeswoman said: “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 encouraged to request an additional blue bag if required. They currently cost around 69 pence whereas a wheeled bin is over £20.