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Friday, February 16, 2024

New recyling system coming this summer

* The new-look recyling Trolibox. 

Denbighshire County Council will be introducing a new recycling system this year that will help it meet Welsh Government’s 70% recycling target which has been set for all local authorities in Wales.

The new service, which is 55% funded by Welsh Government, will launch on Monday 3 June, when residents will be required to separate their ‘dry’ recycling using a new three-tier Trolibocs, which will be delivered to households from 23 February 2023.

There will also be free new weekly collection services for small electrical items, household batteries and textiles.  Some households that currently present their recyclable materials in single-use sacks will receive new reusable bags to present their separated recyclable waste.

In addition, there is a new weekly service to collect absorbent hygiene products (e.g., nappies and wipes, incontinence pads, and disposable bed pans and liners). Residents must register for this service, and the current round of registration is open until 1 March with further registration periods opening later in the year.

Councillor Barry Mellor, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport said, “The system we currently have has been good so far, however it won’t allow us to hit the new targets. As materials will be separated in the new Trolibocs system, it will improve the quality of what we collect.  That means more will stay in the UK to be recycled which reduces our carbon emissions and helps prevent climate change. It will also be a more cost-effective service in the long term.

“The new system allows residents to recycle more, so we will be collecting more frequently. From June, your recycling will be collected every week, along with your food waste and materials such as hygiene and nappy waste. That means you’ll have less non-recyclable waste for collection, so that will be collected every four weeks. Those with reusable bags will have a weekly collection.

“Food waste, garden waste, bulky items, and assisted collections will remain the same, however, collection days may change. This information will be available on the Council’s website from Wednesday, 15 May.”

Paul Jackson, Head of Highways and Environmental Services said, “As we have to deliver over 45,000 new containers to residents ready for the new service, we will need to start this process soon whilst also continuing to deliver the current recycling and waste collections service. For that reason, we have to start distributing the new containers from the end of February. We will be sharing information on our social media and website about the delivery schedule of new containers from the week commencing 19 February.”

Denbighshire residents will receive a comprehensive information pack about the new system with the containers, including what materials go where and answers to key questions. Updates and explainer videos will also be shared on social media channels.

Councillor Mellor went on to say, “This latest step in increasing our capacity to recycle and reduce our waste is a collective effort between our Recycling and Waste Team and you, the people of Denbighshire. I would like to say thank you; your recycling is making a big difference. Thank you for continuing to do the right thing and for doing your bit for the environment, by sorting your waste, and recycling what you can.”

Several Welsh local councils have already rolled out similar changes and they’ve seen an increase in the quantity and quality of recycling collected in those areas. Further information can be found on the Denbighshire County Council website:


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