Recycling, food and garden waste collection days to change

The council is changing residents’ recycling, food and garden waste collection days from 8 April as a first step towards creating an improved waste collection, recycling and street cleansing service.

The borough’s population is projected to increase by almost 60,000 in the next decade to 370,000, almost twice as fast as the London average. The number of Tower Hamlets households is likely to increase by another 30,000 by 2028, adding to pressure to improve recycling and reduce waste.

Changing the overall service is part of the council’s new waste strategy, ‘Don’t let our future go to waste’, that was developed with the feedback of just under 2,000 residents and businesses.

As part of the waste strategy consultation, the mayor set out his ambition to improve the service, have greater flexibility and control around service delivery and increase recycling. There was also a call for retailers and businesses to do more about their use of non-recyclable plastic.

Mayor John Biggs said: “This is a vital step in the council’s move towards the delivery of an improved recycling service. I am committed to keeping our streets clean, increasing recycling and making the borough cleaner and greener.”

David Edgar, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We’re letting residents know their recycling, food and garden waste collection days are changing. We’ll also be working to increase the amount we recycle as a borough so Tower Hamlets is cleaner and greener and we reduce our impact on the planet.’’

Recycling, food and garden waste is collected on one day. Residents who live in a house or receive a weekly collection from their front door, will receive a letter notifying them of their new collection day. Residents are being asked to put their recycling, food and garden waste out before 7am on the day of collection. The collection days for general rubbish (in black sacks) will not be affected.

Residents can check their recycling and general rubbish collection days and can access further information on waste and recycling. 
Posted on Thursday 28th March 2019