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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Ribble Valley Green Bin Rollout

Published Monday 30th September 13

Robert Thompson and the different sized Green Bins

The rollout of green wheeled bins for the collection of uncooked food and garden waste in Ribble Valley starts at the end of October.

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

Gardened properties in the borough will receive 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.

Households participating in the scheme 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 their bin is not there or not empty, the larger bin will not be left.

Residents can use their new bin for fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds and apple cores, tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers, paper towels or tissues (not if they have touched meat) and egg shells. Cooked food, fish, meat and dairy products, or paper towels and tissues that have touched meat, cannot be recycled.

Food is a valuable resource, yet UK households throw about 7.2 million tonnes of it away each year.

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 signing up to the council's collections of uncooked waste, households can help boost the borough's recycling rates even further, which will preserve our valley for generations to come.

"Every household in the borough will receive letters over the coming days and weeks outlining when they will receive their bins and how to opt out of the scheme."

UK households produce over 30million tonnes of waste a year, of which around 40 per cent is recycled, compared to 70 per cent in other European countries.

Recycling conserves raw materials and protects natural habitats, reduces the need for mining, quarrying and logging, and refining and processing raw materials, all of which create substantial air and water pollution.

Ribble Valley households already recycle 43 per cent of domestic waste and will be able to boost their rates further thanks to the new scheme.

Further details are available on the green bin replacement scheme or by calling 01200 425111.