Inner Relief Road: for all properties that are directly part of the new Inner Relief Road please note from 30th May 2013 until further notice, residents are to kindly present their bins from 6am on collection day. This will enable Charnwood Borough Council's waste contractors easy access to avoid further traffic disruptions. Thank for your cooperation. More information on the Inner Relief Road works.
Green Recycling Bin
The green bin is used to collect your recycling, including your glass bottles, plastics, papers and jars. Did you know that you can also recycle items such as yoghurt pots, fruit punnets and metal chocolate tins?
You may also be interested to know you can have additional recycling bins if you are struggling to fit everything in them. To order an additional green bin please email email@example.com or telephone 01509 634563.
How to get more information about Recycling & Refuse
Please click on the following link to see our current Kerbside Recycling Leaflet 2013 (PDF Document, 1.81 Mb).
We have a set of Service Standards for a range of the services we provide. These are designed to advise you of the service you can expect from us and we hope you find them useful.
A leaflet about our recycling service is available below in related documents. For copies in other languages please visit our translations page.
The recycling collected in Charnwood is sorted by Viridor at their plant in Kent, using machinery. To view a film of this process please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DAk8m7sVM4
Text Messaging Service
A text messaging service has recently been launched to give Charnwood residents instant updates on bin collections and other waste services. The service will send out a free text update to subscribers if bin collections are disrupted, for example, due to bad weather. Information has always been available on this website, but this new method will be even quicker and it gives people the opportunity to sign up for updates via their mobile phone for free. Recent winters have demonstrated a need to instantly alert residents if bin collections face disruption and this new service allows us to achieve that. It’s easy to subscribe to the updates, just text your postcode to 07860 019100 and a confirmation text will follow. After that, text messages received from the service will be updates to alert subscribers of service-related announcements. Residents not signing up to the scheme can still get up to date information from this website.
If you would like to unsubscribe to the text messaging service please text STOP to 07860019100
- Kerbside Recycling Leaflet 2013 (PDF Document, 1.81 Mb)
Crayford materials recycling facility utilises optical sortation equipment that uses NIR (Nir-Infra Red technology) to sort plastic by polymer type, which are then ejected from the mixed plastic stream. These are typically sorted into HDPE and PET bottle fractions. The remaining mixed plastic fractions are then sent for onward recycling and reprocessing. Dedicated plastic reprocessing facilities will have further optical sortation equipment to achieve full polymer sort of all plastic grades, this equipment can sort down to particles of only a few millimetres in diameter.
Those items cannot be accepted at present. As pointed out these comprise of metal and plastic that cannot easily be separated at a materials recycling facility. Viridor is constantly looking to expand the list of recyclable materials that can be accepted at its facilities so as technology develops, those and other type of materials may be accepted for recycling.
There is a value to recycling, as it can be sold onto manufacturers to be made into new things. Any income generated from selling the recycling is put back into the service provided, so helping to keep Council Tax to a minimum.
Under the previous contract, the Council were paid a fixed, low rate for the recycling. Whilst this gave security through a guaranteed income when the value of recycling was low, it didn't take into account times when the value was higher.
The new contract for the sale of recycling to Viridor has a fluctuating value associated with the materials, so that when the market value is high, the Council get more money for the materials, and when the value is low, we get less. For security, there is a minimum value built into the contract, to ensure that we always get a reasonable payment for the materials.
The contract with Viridor also requires them to provide, at their expense, a transfer facility so that the Council is only required to travel to Mountsorrel to tip the waste collected. Under the previous contract, each vehicle had to travel to Coalville two or three times a day to tip. This change represents a big saving in terms of fuel (both financial and environmental savings) and time.
The cost of introducing green bins has been met by Serco, the Council's waste collection contractor. These represent a long-term investment with a one-off payment for bins, which is more cost effective over time than the continual supply of recycling bags.
Plastic film such as supermarket carrier bags and LDPE sacks from commingled collection rounds are removed at the front end of the process. The Crayford facility utilises bag splitters, that have a rotating ripping drum that splits the bags and empties the contents. The film is then removed manually from the remainder of the recyclable stream.
There will be physical identification marks on the green bin to make it easy to distinguish between the two types of bin.
Charnwood Borough Council undertook a competitive tender process to find out the most efficient and cost-effective solution for the processing of recyclables collected across the borough. After the council’s comprehensive assessment, Viridor's tender successfully met the council’s criteria and proved to be the preferred option.
The Crayford MRF facility is located in close proximity to a number of its reprocessing partners, so although the front end movement of material from Charnwood to Crayford may be seen as a long journey, the movement from Crayford to the next stage of reprocessing is in many cases reduced. An example of this is that Viridor trades with Aylesford Newsprint Ltd, a large recyclable newsprint mill in Kent, which is only approximately 20 miles from the Crayford facility.
No cleaning is completed at Crayford of the recyclable commodities. Crayford is the first stage of the reprocessing process, sorting the recyclable materials into individual grades. Materials are then baled and sent to dedicated reprocessors per material stream. These reprocessing facilities will often employ washing and drying facilities into their processes to de-label and remove contamination of products.
These properties will be visited individually to assess the most appropriate method of collection. This may result in the use of 240 litre green bins, 1100 litre bins, or purple sacks and green boxes.
Should you not want a green wheelie bin for recycling, and you do not qualify to be an exempt property, you can choose not to participate in the recycling service, but you will not receive a Council Tax refund, nor an additional black bin collection. This also means that bags of recycling will not be collected.
To minimise the amount of space recycling takes up in the green bin, items should be squashed (where possible), and not bagged up before being placed in the bin.
Recycling which will not fit in the green wheelie bin will be accepted, but it must be presented next to the green wheelie bin, in a suitable container or bag, but it MUST be clearly identifiable as recycling. As such, black bags should be avoided.
Properties frequently producing more recycling than will fit in one bin are eligible for a second green wheelie bin. To order an additional green bin please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01509 634563.
Serco retain the contract they started operating in August 2009 for the collection of refuse and recycling.
The contract for receiving the recyclate has recently been taken on by Viridor, through a tendering process. The contract with Viridor started on 1st August 2011. Recycling is now tipped at a waste transfer station in Mountsorrel. This change will not affect residents.
We're really sorry, but this bit on the leaflet is incorrect. The recycling is no longer hand sorted, but sorted mechanically, so there is no risk to people because of sharp pieces of glass. However, it is still important that needles are not put in the recycling collection - a special clinical collection should be arranged.
The change is linked to the new contract with Serco, which began in August 2009. Serco proposed the introduction of fully-comingled recycling (i.e. all recyclate in one container) as a means of increasing Charnwood’s recycling rate, by making it easier for residents to recycle.
This wasn’t introduced at the same time as the Serco contract, as the recycling collection vehicles in use didn’t have bin lifting mechanisms on them, meaning that they couldn’t empty wheelie bins. The lease for these vehicles has now ended, and Serco have purchased a fleet of recycling collection vehicles with bin lifting mechanisms.
Viridor showed good value for money, whilst providing a service which meets the needs of the residents of Charnwood.
Stock is limited, and therefore those households that have a small black bin and wish to have a small recycling bin will take priority.
With our current levels of recycling we estimate that in most cases the standard sized green recycling bin will provide the most suitable solution and we would urge residents to try them out before considering applying for alternatives.
These alternatives will only be supplied where storage or access is a problem following an assessment by Council officers. To discuss this matter please contact email@example.com or telephone 01509 634563.
Last updated: Thu 20th February, 2014 @ 10:44