Bin changes – information packs on the way

Published Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 10:32

Information packs will soon be arriving at every home in the borough to explain the changes in bin collections.

The packs, including a recycling guide and calendar, will let you know all about the changes and how you can play your part in boosting recycling rates in the borough – which will help to save money.

It comes after the Council announced that it was moving to alternate weekly collections of household rubbish and recycling.

The changes are designed to improve recycling rates and reduce the costs of refuse disposal as well as refuse collection and will start from October 3, 2016.

Residents who live in remote rural locations will receive their information packs about changes to their bin collections in the next week.

Full information packs for all other residents in Blackburn with Darwen will then be sent out at the end of September.

People will still have a collection every week – one week rubbish will be collected from the burgundy bin, the next week recycling will be collected from the grey bin.

This will help the Council to save money and help us to protect important services, as well as having benefits for the environment.

Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Cllr Mohammed Khan, said:

We want everyone to be as fully informed as possible about the changes and I hope people will take the time to look at the information packs when they arrive.

The majority of other local authorities operate alternate weekly collections which have been shown to work and increase recycling rates, which is a great aim. Collecting rubbish and recycling on alternate weeks is more efficient and helps councils to save money so that it can be spent on other important services.”

Residents will be able to access a new online system and directly request other services such as a bulky waste collection. Further information can be found at:

Key facts

We need to increase recycling rates in the borough from the current rate of 36% to at least 50%, the Government’s target, by 2020. If we fail to meet recycling targets we face hefty Government fines.


  • On average, only 51% of grey recycling bins are put out for collection each fortnight
  • On average, only 53% of burgundy (rubbish) bins are put out for collection each week
  • The burgundy (rubbish) bins contain on average 17.3% of materials that could be recycled via the grey recycling bin, which if recycled could save the Council Tax payers £117,000 per year.
  • Provision will be made for larger households with four or more occupants, who are recycling, to be able to exchange their 140 litre burgundy bin for a 240 litre burgundy bin on request.
  • People can apply for a larger bin between now and 31 December 2016. After this time, any household that applies for a larger bin will have to have an audit of their waste to qualify. We would like residents to try and recycle more and only apply for a bigger bin if absolutely necessary.
  • Fly tipping is an offence and carries a £400 on the spot fine and court fines can be over £50k and imprisonment in extreme cases.


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