RESIDENTS in Chorley are being urged to make sure they are aware of changes to their waste collections as the new service starts from 1 May.

A new opt in service is being introduced for garden waste collections to cover the huge funding gap that Chorley Council, which collects your rubbish, says ‘is a step too far’.

And the other major change being made will see paper and cardboard collected mixed together from your brown bin.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We have contacted every household in the borough to inform them of what’s happening but we just wanted to remind people that the changes are now starting to take place.

“People will receive their final recycling collections under the old system during the last two weeks in April so it’s important people start to follow the new instructions in time for the collections changing on 1 May.

“If you haven’t already familiarised yourself with the changes please do so at chorley.gov.uk/bins and please check that your family, friends and neighbours are aware of what’s happening too so the change can be as smooth as possible.”

The new look waste collection service will mean from 1 May:

  • Everyone opting in to garden waste collections will receive a new grey bin and they will be emptied every fortnight – the service is £30 per year, per bin
  • For properties with brown bins these will be used for collecting paper and cardboard mixed together
  • The green boxes and black pods will be replaced and you can reuse these or take them to the tip
  •  If you don’t already have a brown bin you will be able to request one in May and you can continue using the box and pod in the meantime
  • The paper and cardboard collections will move to every four weeks as there is double the capacity in the brown bin compared to the box and pod
  • Collections for the green bin (general household waste) and blue bins (plastic bottles, glass and cans) will remain the same
  • If you have any brown bins you don’t need please contact us in May to request removal.

“We know everyone will now be keen to see how their collections have changed and you can check this at chorley.gov.uk/bins,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Essentially, your brown bin collection for paper and cardboard will be on your usual recycling collection day but will be collected once every four weeks.

“If you’ve opted in for the garden waste collections then we anticipate these will be collected on the same day as your blue bin – it’s important to note that there may be changes to the collection day for the grey bin in some parts of the borough due to the take up of the new service so it’s important you check online.

“If you ordered your grey bin before the end of March then it will arrive before the end of April, don’t worry if it hasn’t arrived yet, and the stickers for the bins will be sent out in time for the changeover on 1 May.

“Once we get towards the end of summer and the opt in for the garden waste service settles down we will look to issue every household with an updated waste collection calendar but they are available online now at chorley.gov.uk/bins.”

Full details of all the waste collection changes and the form to opt in are available at chorley.gov.uk/bins.