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Bin-it 123

Mid Devon District Council is introducing a change to its waste collection service and residents will now start to receive a new wheelie bin, as the Council prepares to implement its new Bin-it 123 collection service.

From October 2022 all black sack/black bin waste will be collected every three weeks as part of the Council’s drive to increase recycling and reduce waste. All other collections remain unchanged – with food waste collected weekly and dry recycling each fortnight.

We are writing to all residents ahead of their new bin being delivered; each letter will include a leaflet detailing more about the scheme.

More than 37,000 wheelie bins will be delivered across the district over the next few months, in preparation for the autumn changes, with every household entitled to a free black wheelie bin. Seagull sacks can also be provided instead of a wheelie bin for those residents unable to accommodate a wheel bin.

After successfully trialling three weekly waste collections in Holcombe Rogus, Westleigh and areas in and around Canal Hill Tiverton, Mid Devon District Council has decided to introduce three weekly waste collections across the district.

New wheelie bins will be provided to households throughout the district except for the properties that were issued with bins during the three weekly trial.

All households will be required to place their non-recyclable waste within the wheelie bin provided and for the lid to be closed when placed out for collection.

 

The Benefits

By introducing this change to non-recyclable waste collections, the Council will be able to achieve a number of environmental benefits which will help the Council meet Government guidelines to recycle 65% of household waste by 2035 and Devon’s proposed 60% recycling rate by 2025.

It will also enable the council to:

Reduce our carbon footprint

Increase recycling rate

Increase in the amount of food waste collected

Decrease in non-recyclable waste collected

From the trial carried out in July 2021, residents taking part in the trial achieved:

 

Household recycling Rate

Household waste (black sack/bins) % change Household food waste % change Household recycling % change
68% -41% +23% +5%

 

FAQ's

Week commencing Monday 25, July:

Parts of Nymet Rowland, Eastleigh, Black Dog, Woofardisworthy, Kennerleigh, East Village, Poughill, Stockleigh English, Puddington, Copplestone, Crediton and Bow.

Week commencing Monday 1, August:

Parts of Copplestone, Bow, Cheriton Bishop, Yeoford, Crediton, Colebrooke, Coleford, Down St Mary, New Buildings, Neopardy, Hillerton, Hittesleigh and surrounding areas of Bow.

Week commencing Monday 8, August:

Parts of Crediton, Colebrooke, Coleford, Down St Mary, New Buildings, Neopardy, Hillerton, Hittesleigh and surrounding areas of Bow and Cheriton Bishop.

If your neighbours have received a wheelie bin and you haven't please email: bin-it123@middevon.gov.uk or call: 01884 255255

Reduction in non-recyclable waste collected

Increase in the amount of recycling collected 

Increase in the amount of food waste collected 

Reduced CO2 emissions

No changes are being considered to other waste or recycling collection frequencies at this time.

We will only collect waste that is contained within the wheeled bin or seagull sacks supplied by MDDC. We will not be emptying privately owned wheeled bins, unless they have been purchased from MDDC in the past. The reason for this is that we source bins that are suitable and safe to lift on our refuse collection vehicles from approved suppliers. Bins purchased from other outlets may not be suitable for our vehicle bin lifts and could cause a health & safety risk to our staff and the public.

Yes all households will be receiving a black 180L wheeled bin except for the properties that were issued a wheeled bin during the trial.

All households will be issued a 180L wheeled bin but if you have no outside space or have steps leading to the property seagull sacks are available. We will also issue seagull sacks to those who have to take their waste to a collection point, for example at the end of lanes in rural areas.

If you would like to enquire about seagull sacks please contact us via:

Email: bin-it123@middevon.gov.uk

Or

Phone: 01884 255255

 

All households will be required to use the wheeled bin provided for the new service, however if you have previously bought a wheeled bin from MDDC, you can use that bin instead of receiving a new bin. We will then replace your bin when it is no longer serviceable.

We can collect bins that are not MDDC bins, if requested, to be recycled.

If you have bought a wheel bin from MDDC, you can use that bin instead of receiving a new bin. We will then replace your bin when it is no longer serviceable.

If you would like to recycle your old wheeled bin, you can contact us via:

Email: bin-it123@middevon.gov.uk

Or

Phone: 01884 255255

No, waste put out for collection must be contained in either a MDDC wheel bin or a seagull sack

Please contact us and we’ll arrange delivery

If there is nowhere to store a wheel bin at the collection point, then please get in touch and we’ll arrange for seagull sacks to be delivered. You can then transport your waste to the collection point as you currently do, and then place it inside the seagull sack, which will deter gulls and other animals from ripping the bags open.

Seagull Sacks are highly durable, extra thick woven polypropylene bags with a Velcro lid and weighted base. They are 170l in size, nearly the same capacity as the wheeled bins

Properties that cannot accommodate wheeled bins or in areas that our vehicles are unable to access, for example on rural collection points, will be issued a seagull sack free of charge on request.

In order to help us prevent litter and scavenging animals, if you do not have wheeled bins please ensure that you always use a seagull-proof refuse sack when you put out your sacks for collection.

To order one please contact us by email bin-it123@middevon.gov.uk or by calling 01884 255255

You can help our collection crews by only placing bagged waste into the seagull sacks and by ensuring that it will be easy to lift the bags out of the sack without needing to untie the handles.

Please take your seagull sack back inside as soon after your collection as possible. We would advise that you mark your property name or number on the bag to help you identify it.

Yes, they are a highly durable extra thick woven polypropylene bags with a Velcro lid and weighted base.

 

170L, nearly the same capacity as the wheeled bins.

If you double wrap the products before placing in your non-recyclable waste, this will reduce the smell dramatically.

An alternative is to use real nappies which can be reused over and over again. To find out more please refer to Nappies-Recycle Devon.

If you double wrap animal waste before placing in your non-recyclable waste, this will reduce the smell dramatically.

If you flat pack cardboard and crush plastic bottles, cans and tins before placing them in your recycling boxes, this will significantly reduce the space taken up within the boxes. If you still have extra recycling you can place the recyclable items within carrier bags (not black in colour) and put them with your recycling. If you use carrier bags for recycling please only place one material type per bag.

If you require more recycling containers you can order them free of charge via our Order a bin or box – MIDDEVON.GOV.UK webpage or by calling Customer Services on 01884 255255.

If you are struggling to fit all your non-recyclable waste within the 180L wheeled bin provided you can contact us via:

Email: bin-it123@middevon.gov.uk

Or

Phone: 01884 255255

The clinical waste collection service will not be affected.

If you require a clinical waste collection please refer to our clinical waste webpage.

The criteria for an assisted collection is still the same, and we will still collect your waste and recycling from the agreed upon collection point. The only change is your non-recyclable waste will be collected every three weeks.

If you would like to enquire about getting an assisted collection please refer to our assisted collection webpage: Assisted collections - MIDDEVON.GOV.UK

Place your wheeled bin and recycling containers at the boundary of your property where it meets the kerbside/ adopted highway and our crews will collect from there.

Or

Ask a neighbour to place your waste and recycling at the kerbside for you on your scheduled collection day. 

Or 

If you miss a collection and you have extra waste that you are unable to fit within the wheeled bin provided, you will need to contact Devon County Council on 0345 155 1010 to arrange to take your extra waste to your local Recycling Centre.

Calendars are being posted this year due to a change in the collection frequency of non-recyclable waste.

In future years your waste and recycling calendar will be online only with large print available on request to customer services via:

Email: bin-it123@middevon.gov.uk

Or

Phone: 01884 255255

Three weekly waste collection requires significant upfront capital investment. If future operational savings were made these monies could be reinvested into the service in order to ensure we provide:

  • A continually updated/ improved service;
  • The necessary capacity to cope with our growing housing numbers;
  • The move towards increased recycling targets (mandated by Central Government);
  • And deliver on our carbon reduction pledge

With regard to council tax, about 20% of Mid Devon's budget is spent running the waste collection service. Therefore, the average household is charged an estimated £54 per year to have their waste and recycling collected.

Your trade waste collections will continue at the frequency agreed when you signed up to the Trade Waste Service.

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