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Reminder to have your say on bin collection proposals

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Middlesbrough residents are reminded that they have until Friday, October 30 to give their views on a proposal for bigger bins and a move to fortnightly collections.

The move - aimed at boosting recycling rates, reducing carbon emissions and waste going to landfill and saving money - would see household waste and recycling collected every two weeks.

If put in place households would be able to make a request for a larger 240-litre rubbish bin (the same size as the current recycling bin) and it is thought most would be entitled to one.

Areas with shared bins would retain weekly collections. 

While it is not intended to introduce weekly recycling collections, additional bins will be available to those needing them.

Households with communal bins - just under 30% of all households - would retain weekly collections.

Around 33% of Middlesbrough's household waste is currently recycled, considerably lower than the national average of 45%.

Fewer collections would also generate annual savings of more than £500,000 which would reduce the need to cut frontline services.

Nationally 79% of local authorities have moved to fortnightly collections, while in the north east Middlesbrough is just one of two out of 12 councils yet to make the switch.

Residents now have until Friday, October 30, to have their say on the proposals, and these will be taken into account by the Council's Executive in reaching a final decision.

If the proposal is approved, the new collection rounds would come into effect from April, 2021.

To take part in the consultation on fortnightly household waste collections, complete the online survey.

A paper copy is being posted to a sample of addresses around Middlesbrough. You can request a paper copy of the survey by emailing wastesurvey@middlesbrough.gov.uk or calling 01642 728083.

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