Households will now get more recycling bags year

Roger Gambba-Jones
Roger Gambba-Jones

The way green recycling sacks are distributed across South Holland is to change from early next year.

At present all households in the district are entitled to 52 recycling sacks a year, distributed in batches of 26 twice a year.

Now, from January 16, residents will get two deliveries of 39 sacks every year but will no longer be able to pick up extras from the council’s offices in Priory Road, Spalding, as well as from other locations in the district.

Residents who run out will now be encouraged to use alternatives, with any coloured bag except black/grey sacks allowed.

Recycling can also be presented for collection in a suitably sized recyclable rigid container (which will not be returned), cardboard boxes or carrier bags.

The changes come about following a recent public survey carried out by South Holland District Council.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste services, said: “We have made it clear that we are not reducing the number of recycling sacks in circulation, but instead want to have a fairer distribution across the district.

“It is no secret that the current system of giving additional sacks away gets abused and can also result in lengthy queues at the Priory Road reception.

“We always value feedback from the public and have used that information to inform our decisions.”

The month-long survey invited residents to answer questions on the current system and have their say on whether it could be improved.

Over 73 per cent of respondents said they would like to see a fairer distribution of green sacks in South Holland.

And 71 per cent preferred having additional green sacks delivered to their property, rather than making a separate journey to collect them.

Just over 78 per cent of respondents felt that having additional sacks delivered would increase recycling in the district.

And 84 per cent said they were aware that extra recycling can be placed in other containers such as carrier bags, swing bin liners and cardboard boxes for collection.