recycling and waste for the majority of North Somerset households, and we
want to make you aware of the background to these to help you deal with any
resident queries, and, we hope, help us to spread the word.
Here is a summary of the changes:
- Collection days will be changing for the majority of households
from Monday 4 June.
- Collection patterns may be changing, and residual waste and garden
waste may both be collected on the same day, every other week.
- Crews will be in each area five days a week and will be loyal to
that area enabling them to learn and manage the rounds well.
- The new arrangements will use collection resources more
efficiently and lead to fewer missed collections.
- The mileage driven by the waste vehicles will reduce, also
improving the carbon footprint of collections.
There will be no changes to the types of materials being collected and no
changes to the frequency of collection.
The changes will affect householders because for 80% of properties, the
collection day will need to change to accommodate the new round structures.
Following the introduction of the new arrangements, the same crews will be
based in the same geographic area five days a week. For example, Crew 1 will
be in Portishead on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They
will not spend each day in a different town or area. This will enable them
to get to know their patch really well - both the properties and the
residents. There will also be a supervisor dedicated to each area which will
also enable them to understand in more detail any issues relevant to their
area, to build relationships with local residents and to manage their rounds
This new approach will mean that most towns / areas will have collections
five days a week thereby spreading truck traffic volumes equitably across
the week and reducing congestion in any one area.
While the frequency of collection won't be changing, the collection pattern
is likely to change for some residents. Currently householders have their
recycling and food waste collected every week, and their residual waste and
garden waste collected on alternate weeks. Following the changes, residual
waste and garden waste will be collected from some households on the same
day every two weeks.
At the time of writing, our waste contractors Biffa are completing their
detailed planning and preparation for the new collection rounds. Once they
have completed this work we will be writing to every household to let them
know their new arrangements. These letters will be delivered in May so that
all households know their revised day before the changes take effect from
Monday 4 June.
We will also encourage residents to keep a look out for the letter through
other complementary communications activities over the next couple of months
including North Somerset Life, Council Tax bills, local media, council
website, social media, waste lorries and our digital newsletter.