Plans are well under way for the launch of the new environmental services contract, which leading company Veolia takes over on Monday, 4 June.

During the initial few months of the new contract, residents are reassured that their collections won’t change, as Veolia will continue the same rounds as currently received.

A change in service, however will be implemented in September, when Veolia introduces the ‘all-in-one’ recycling wheelie bins.

In preparation for this change, orders for the current recycling boxes, from residents on wheelie bin rounds, will cease on Friday, 25 May. These residents should be aware that any orders for recycling boxes that have not been delivered by 1 June, will not be fulfilled.

Instead, residents on bin collection rounds, will receive their new ‘all-in-one’ recycling wheelie bin during August, ready for use in September.

Recyclables will still be collected between June and September. Residents with boxes, can use any box to put their dry mixed recyclables, and anyone without a box, will be encouraged to present their recycling in clear or white plastic bags instead.

People on sack collections rounds will continue to receive recycling boxes when replacements are needed. However due to the move to an ‘all-in-one’ service, any colour box may be issued as a replacement, as residents will be able to put all their recycling in any box.

For residents who live in flats, containers will be re-labelled for commingled collection.

Residents will be advised of any change by further communications.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We understand that there will be a lot of anticipation ahead of the new environmental services contract beginning in June, which is why Veolia will be spending time getting to know the area and routes first.

“The change to a new ‘all-in-one’ recycling service, with residents in wheelie bin areas receiving an extra lidded bin, will be introduced later in the year, addressing issues residents voiced during the consultation period about recyclables being blown out of boxes and littering the streets.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia said: “Veolia look forward to working with Northampton Borough Council in the years to come to help make Northampton a borough that its residents can be proud of. Veolia is committed to enabling residents to recycle more of their waste, more easily. We are working hard to ensure that the changes happening are communicated to residents.”

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