New Waste Collection in North Wiltshire

From Monday, 5 March 2012 residents in north Wiltshire will have their household and garden waste collected fortnightly which will help boost recycling rates.

This will bring collections of household waste in the north in line with those in the east and west of the county where fortnightly collections are already in place. Fortnightly collections start in the south from 26 March 2012.

It is intended that this change, along with the recent extension of the recycling and composting services, will enable Conservative Wiltshire Council to increase recycling to 50% and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to less than 25% by 2014. Wiltshire currently sends 37% of waste to landfill and recycles 41% of household waste.

Cllr Linda Conley, portfolio holder for waste said

Residents in east and west Wiltshire currently receive a fortnightly collection of household waste. From data collected across Wiltshire we know that by moving to a fortnightly collection of waste, residents recycle more. We need to recycle more and landfill less because the amount we pay in Landfill Tax is rapidly increasing from £56 per tonne to £80 per tonne by 2014. Last year Wiltshire Council spent £3.9 million on Landfill Tax. The introduction of fortnightly collections, together with the new plastic bottle and cardboard and free garden waste collections, means that residents across Wiltshire will receive the same level of service.

Since October residents in north Wiltshire have been able to recycle their plastic bottles and cardboard from the kerbside. This has been tremendously successful and residents in the north now recycle around 200 tonnes of plastic bottles and cardboard a month. A new free garden waste collection will also start from Monday 5 March.

People need to register to receive the new free garden waste service and those that signed up last year have already received their new garden waste bin. Anyone wishing to sign up for a new garden waste bin to be delivered in this summer can do so online at or by contacting the council on 0300 456 0102.

An information pack containing a leaflet explaining the new waste and recycling service and a collection calendar setting out on which date each bin will be emptied has been sent to every household. This information and a new collection calendar are also available on the Wiltshire Council website

The table below shows the amount of waste recycled per area in 2010/11.

Collections Fortnightly household waste, fortnightly recycling Fortnightly household waste, fortnightly recycling Weekly household waste, fortnightly recycling, Weekly household waste, fortnightly recycling
Additional recycling   Free garden waste Plastic bottles and cardboard  
Recycling Rate 46% 44% 38% 27%

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