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New weekly food waste collections announced

Service to start in autumn 2020

Image of black bin courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has awarded its new waste collection and street cleansing contract to Urbaser Limited.

The contract will run for nine years from April 2020. From autumn 2020 two new services will be added including a weekly food waste collection and a weekly collection for small electrical items, textiles and household batteries.

WHBC says that, initially, all services will continue to operate as normal and that residents should present their bins for the following collections:
  • Fortnightly general rubbish collection (black bins)
  • Fortnightly mixed recycling collection (blue lidded bins)
  • Fortnightly paper collection (paper caddy)
  • Fortnightly garden waste collection if subscribed (brown bin)
The council says it will give advance notice regarding any changes. From autumn 2020, Urbaser will introduce the following services:
  • Weekly food waste collections (separate food caddy)
  • Weekly collection of small electrical items, textiles and household batteries.
WHBC says the delay in the new food waste service is to “enable Urbaser to familiarise themselves with the local area before introducing new collections, helping to ensure the service continues to run as smoothly as possible for residents”.

The council has also appointed Continental Landscapes Ltd (CLL) as the borough’s new grounds maintenance contractor, carrying out grass and hedge cutting, shrub maintenance, planting and bedding maintenance and leaf clearance.

According to WHBC the waste collection and street cleansing contract is valued at approximately £4.6m a year, and the grounds maintenance contract at £1.1m.

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