North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council
North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils were among the early adopters of kerbside recycling collections services in the UK more than a decade ago. Both councils recycled different types of materials with varying degrees of recycling performance across the districts.
The councils made two important decisions – 1. It was time to bring the service up-to-date and improve all aspects of their kerbside recycling collections; and 2. Since they were neighbouring districts with the same aims, they should work together to find a common solution that would lever their combined household numbers and tonnages to get Best Value.
That’s where HW Martin Waste Ltd came in. With its excellent track record of recycling service provision to local authorities across the country, the company is the perfect delivery partner. HW Martin Waste Ltd was duly contracted by both councils in a joint procurement process.
To transform the collection arrangements into a clearer and simpler to use system and harmonise the service across the two districts.
HW Martin’s Activity:
The company quickly rolled out an innovative service to residents, which included sweeping away the confusing array of bins, bags and boxes and replacing them with one wheeled bin, with one box that inserts inside the top of the bin to form one self-contained unit. This is easier for residents to use, easier for them to set out at the kerbside and means there is only one bin they need to store by the house.
The service also introduced a full list of materials that residents can recycle: paper; newspapers and magazines; telephone directories; catalogues; junk mail and pamphlets; envelopes; cardboard; metal cans, tins and aerosol cans; plastic containers and plastic lids; plastic tubs, food trays and yogurt pots; plastic bottles; glass jars; glass bottles; clothes and shoes.
Everything goes into the bin (with the papers going in the removable box inside the top of the bin) as shown in the pictures below.
North East Derbyshire and Bolsover District Councils’ Recycling Bin Introduced in Partnership with HW Martin Waste Ltd
Pivotal in its service to the district councils is the company’s Alfreton Recycling Centre (ARC) in the heart of Derbyshire. It is the work of the sorting and separating technology and highly trained staff here that makes the simple process for the residents at the kerbside a possibility. The approach is: “you just give us your recyclable materials, we will do the sorting”. And it is an approach that works.
There has been an increase in recycling of 110% across the service.
HW Martin Waste Ltd has made the kerbside recycling service almost immeasurably better for the districts’ residents. Coupled with the councils’ awareness campaigns, the system rolled out by the company has increased participation, widened the range of recyclable materials collected and improved the quality of the materials presented. A knock-on effect of this is a reduction in the amount of waste being thrown away and ending up in landfill.