Recycling changes set to launch in Craven
Craven residents are being reminded that recycling collections in the district are changing from April 1.
The blue bag system is being abolished, and paper and cardboard will be collected in the blue bins instead with blue bin collections increased to fortnightly.
Collection days may also change for some residents, and collections will start at a slightly earlier time of 6.30am.
Leaflets informing residents of the changes are being sent out with council tax bills in the next fortnight.
A further information pack will be sent out to households before the end of March, including new collection calendars.
Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: "We hope these simplified arrangements will make it easier for residents to recycle more.
"These changes are being made because the value the Council receives for the sale of the recycling material it collects has fallen significantly. This prompted the Council to review its current collection arrangements. We have also listened to residents who told us the blue bags are unpopular.
"We held a consultation on the proposals to dispense with the blue bags, and the vast majority of those responding had no objections to paper and card being collected in the blue bins.
"The new system means the collection methodology will be simplified, and removes the need for us to distribute and collect blue bags.
"The government has set a target that all local authorities are to achieve 50 per cent recycling by 2020, and we believe this new methodology will help us to reach this target."
The blue bag system was introduced in 2009, at which time it was more economically beneficial to recycle materials separately.
The final blue bag collection will take place in the week beginning March 20, or March 27, depending on which collection week households are on. Blue bags will no longer be collected after March 31.
Blue bags cannot be recycled but residents are advised that they can either find another use for them, or dispose of them in the green bin.
From April 1, materials that can be placed in the blue recycling bin include newspapers and magazines, paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, food tins, drink cans and empty aerosols, cartons, and certain types of plastic bottles including milk bottles, shampoo bottles, washing up liquid bottles, cosmetic bottles and pop or drinks bottles.
Residents are asked to rinse and squash materials before placing them in the bin. Bins which contain the wrong materials will not be emptied.
Properties which do not currently have a blue bin can request one free of charge, either online at www.cravendc.gov.uk/recycling or by calling Customer Services on 01756 700600. Residents who have limited storage can request recycling pods.