Green bins will be wheeled out

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The rollout of green wheeled bins for the collection of uncooked food and garden waste in Ribble Valley has started.

Households are currently receiving letters advising them of the date their bin will be delivered and giving them a final chance to opt out of the scheme.

Everyone is asked to read the letters carefully for instructions on how and when to leave their old bins for collection.

Gardened properties in the borough are being offered large 240-litre green wheeled bins in exchange for their standard 140-litre green bins, which will be redistributed to non-gardened properties that currently only have burgundy and blue bins.

Householders are asked to leave their green bin at the edge of their property by no later than 7.30am on the date stated in their letter. If it is not there, or not empty, the larger bin will not be left.

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “Ribble Valley households have made great strides in recycling in recent years, but more can be done.

“By recycling uncooked food and garden waste, households can help boost the borough’s recycling rates even further.

“We are asking householders to read their letter carefully for precise instructions on where to leave their bins.

“It is crucial that all the bins are empty, or the contractor will be unable to take them.”

Households can use the new bins for fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and apple cores, tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers, paper towels or tissues, egg shells etc.

But cooked food, fish, meat and dairy products, or paper towels and tissues that have touched meat, cannot be recycled.

Ribble Valley households already recycle 43 per cent of domestic waste.