Twin bin collection plan could save almost £1M

FORTNIGHTLY rubbish collections could be launched in a bid to save almost £1m.

Durham County Council is considering introducing a twin bin collection scheme which would see recycling collected from one large bin one week and general household waste the next.

It comes after the scheme, used in the Derwentside area of the county, proved popular in the county’s bigest ever waste survey.

Almost a third of people questioned said their existing containers were not big enough.

Under the twin bin scheme residents can put paper, cardboard and tins in one bin.

The move could save the council almost £1m.

Coun Brian Stephens, cabinet portfolio-holder for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “Durham County Council has taken considerable steps to reduce the costs associated with waste collection, while at the same time improving performance.”

The council is also looking at its collection routes based on vehicle tracking technology to make them more efficient.