Chance to have a say on recycling

RESIDENTS have another chance to have their say on a council’s kerbside recycling arrangements as part of a townwide review.

Hartlepool Borough Council is carrying out the review and a drop-in session has been arranged tomorrow for residents to find out more.

It will be held at the Avondale Centre at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, off Raby Road, between 6pm and 8pm.

Residents will be able to talk one-to-one to council officers about the service before completing a questionnaire.

The consultation exercise has been launched to determine resident satisfaction with the current system and how they think it could be improved.

Fiona Srogi, the council’s waste management team leader, said: “Although residents can complete the questionnaire online, we wanted to offer the opportunity for people to discuss the scheme face to face.

“Around 41 per cent of household waste in Hartlepool is currently recycled but that figure must rise to 50 per cent by 2020 to meet EU targets.

“We acknowledge that recycling will only go up if services meet the needs of local residents and that is why we have launched the consultation exercise.”

In addition, council staff will be visiting residents’ associations, the town’s three neighbourhood consultative forums and a range of other public events and meetings to explain the review.

The council currently uses four recycling containers, in addition to green wheeled bins for residual, non-recyclable rubbish:

l Brown wheeled bins for garden waste;

l White poly bags for plastic and cardboard;

l A blue box for glass and tins;

l A blue sack for paper.

Householders’ brown bins and white poly bags are emptied one week, and their blue boxes and blue bags the next.

The questionnaire has 14 questions, including how often people have used the kerbside collections service in the past 12 months, what prevents them from recycling more of their household waste and what would encourage them to recycle more.

It also asks householders how they feel about the current recycling containers and if they were to be re-designed what factors should be taken into account.

The consultation closes on December 31.

To complete the questionnaire visit