Wheelie bins a go-go - all Redbridge residents getting new bins in spring

Redbridge Council has announced a wheelie bin trial for 7,000 households in the borough. Picture: PA

Redbridge Council has announced a wheelie bin trial for 7,000 households in the borough. Picture: PA Images/Aaron Chown - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Come this spring a coronavirus vaccine might not be the only thing you'll get that you've long been waiting for.

All residents in Redbridge are set to get free wheelie bins, which will help reduce the amount of street rubbish on  collection day.

The roll-out follows a successful pilot earlier this year in which 7,000 households received wheelie bins in Bridge, Fairlop, Loxford, Seven Kings and Wanstead Village.

The pilot saw a reduction in household rubbish, and an increase in recycling so the council has made the decision to roll out the scheme to the entire borough.

Pilot feedback also revealed that the majority of households taking part found wheelie bins easier to use than black sacks, and an improvement in the overall street scene with less ripped black sacks and spillage seen on rubbish collection days. 

Each household will receive a 180 litre black wheelie bin which holds around three black sacks of rubbish. 

Council leader Jas Athwal said: "We know wheelie bins have had a positive impact on reducing household waste and increasing recycling following a successful trial, which is why we’re really excited to be able to roll-out this scheme boroughwide in the spring.

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“Residents can look forward to receiving bins that are able to store rubbish securely, helping prevent animals from ripping open rubbish bags and making a mess of front gardens and streets, which is unpleasant for everyone and costly to clean up.  

“The more you recycle, the more you can maximise space in your wheelie bin and do your bit to protect the environment.”

The move to using wheelie bins is part of the borough’s commitment to helping residents recycle more, and reach a recycling rate of 50pc across Redbridge.  

Residents who are exempt from the roll-out because their property cannot accommodate a wheelie bin will be provided with an alternative scheme and those households will be contacted by the council.

To find out more information, including answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the scheme visit: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/bins-waste-and-recycling/rubbish-collection/wheelie-bin/

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