Newcastle-under-Lyme plans new recycling and waste services

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Councillors decided to scrap the existing system and replace it with a new and simplified version following a consultation with residents

An overhaul of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s recycling and waste services is currently underway.

Councillors decided to scrap the existing system and replace it with a new and simplified version following a consultation with residents and will now look to introduce a new system in Spring 2020.

The new system, predicted to cost around £3m, hopes to simplify recycling for residents, reduce the risk of littering streets during collection and reduce the number of containers.

It will include weekly food waste collections and fortnightly non-recyclable waste and recyclable material collections.

The system will mean the council recycles more of the plastic it collects including pots, tubs and trays.

Councillor Trevor Johnson, cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “Our consultation with residents was one of the biggest we have ever undertaken here at the Council and the overwhelming result was that they wanted change. We are now getting on and putting all the foundations in place to deliver on that in the spring next year.

“Our job is to provide our residents with the type of waste and recycling service that they prefer – and they were very clear in the public consultation about their preferences – and to provide that in an efficient, effective way.”

Procurement tenders will soon be sought for vehicles, building work to accommodate the new service at the Council’s depot and other services.


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