Changes to bank holiday waste rounds

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South Holland residents can expect changes to rubbish collections in a bid to save about £52,000 this year.

Bank Holiday Monday collections, normally brought forward to the preceding Saturday, could be put back a day under plans by South Holland District Council to improve the service.

Council members meet tomorrow to vote on the change where rubbish normally collected on a Monday would be picked up a day later in bank holiday weeks.

All residents would see their rubbish picked up one day later than normal but still have a weekly collection, saving the district council £51,948 in 2013-14 and more than £67,000 a year after that.

The change was discussed at a cabinet meeting last Wednesday when a report was presented stating that only 30 per cent of households put their waste and recycling out for collection on a Saturday before a Bank Holiday Monday.

Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, cabinet member for waste management, said: “Currently whenever there is a Bank Holiday Monday, anybody who has waste and recycling collections on a Monday gets it on the previous Saturday.

“Over the years, that has led to the vast majority of people either not bothering or forgetting to accommodate themselves with the service.

“We have about a 30 per cent collecton rate on Saturdays before a Bank Holiday Monday and the big advantage of slipping collections back a day is that our trucks won’t pick up just 30 per cent of what they would collect on a normal Monday.

“It means they won’t end up collecting 170 per cent of waste and recycling on the Monday after a bank holiday, overstretching us by having to put on extra resources.

“Some council members are slightly concerned about an outcry from the public but I honestly believe there will be benefits to the district from this change.”