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Green Waste Collections to Change in Ribble Valley

Published Monday, 09 May 2016

Green waste collections are to change in Ribble Valley.

From 1 July, food waste will be collected in burgundy wheeled bins, instead of green wheeled bins. 

The move comes after Lancashire County Council announced plans to mothball some of its waste treatment facilities at the Farington Waste Technology Park and operate part of the site as a transfer station.

As a result of its budget cuts for 2016/17, Lancashire County Council has decided to cease the composting of mixed garden and food waste, and only make facilities available for the composting of garden waste. 

As Lancashire County Council is the disposal authority responsible for the provision of waste treatment and disposal facilities, Ribble Valley Borough Council will have to comply with its decision regarding the composting of mixed garden and food waste.

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “It is extremely disappointing that this decision has been forced upon us and the residents of Ribble Valley.

“These changes will have an impact on the council’s successful recycling performance, which has been due to the efforts of our residents, who take the time and effort to separate their food waste.”

In 2012, larger green wheeled bins were issued to residents with gardens for the collection of food waste with garden waste, while smaller green wheeled bins were issued to non-gardened properties for the collection of food waste.

From 1 July, food waste will be collected in burgundy wheeled bins and only garden waste allowed in green wheeled bins. 

Councillor Thompson added: “I see these changes imposed by Lancashire County Council as a backward step and we share public concern on the mothballing of these facilities, upon which a vast amount of public money was spent.

“Over the coming weeks we will ensure that our residents are kept fully informed on what these changes will mean for their wheeled bin collections.” 

Other recyclables, such as paper and cardboard, and glass, cans and plastic, will continue to be collected as normal.

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