Smooth change to waste collection rota

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Changes to South Holland District Council’s waste and recycling collection have been positively received.

About 6,000 households had their collection day altered for black and/or green sacks in a move which brought about efficiency savings through route changes and the use of one less vehicle.

In another change designed to improve collection rates, the bank holiday at the end of August was the first time the council had collected on a Monday.

Previously, residents had been asked to put out their sacks two days earlier.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for waste management, said: “These changes were brought in to make efficiency savings and increase collection rates.

“It has gone remarkably well and the result of everyone’s endeavour will be seen in due course.”

The district council carried out an extensive communications programme about the changes, including leaflet drops to households.

A council spokesman said: “We would like to thank the residents affected by the changes for making the transition so smooth.

“We did receive complaints from a very small number of residents who were unaware of the collection day change due to not receiving a leaflet, for which we apologise, but on the whole it went extremely well.”

The Christmas and New Year collections are not included in the new bank holiday collection arrangement.