Reigate & Banstead Council's new bin collection scheme starts in July
30th May 2012
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Reigate & Banstead Borough Council's controversial £1 million recycling scheme will get under way on July 23.

The scheme, which aims to increase recycling, will debut in Horley, before being rolled out to the rest of Reigate and Banstead in the following weeks.

​The council is preparing for a backlash over the plan, with residents expected to be unhappy with new bins and changes to the collection schedule, which will involve general waste being picked up every other week.

Under the new scheme, the black box for cardboard and paper will remain and will be collected weekly along with a new green food waste bin. There will also be a smaller grey food caddy that can be stored in the kitchen before the waste is transferred to the bigger outside bin.

Two other big bins, a green one for general waste and a brown one for cans, glass, foil and plastics including bottles, tubs and film for recycling, will be collected every other week.

About 75 per cent of the borough's homes will initially receive the new service, with flats and other homes with communal bins being included next summer.

The council says the scheme is a response to resident demand, and could earn up to £52 for every tonne of recycling material sold off, as opposed to paying £58 in environment tax for every tonne that goes to landfill.

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