We are thinking about changing our bin collections, and switching to alternate weekly collections. One week we would collect general waste (from your green bin) and the next week we would collect your recycling (grey bins). So, we would still visit your home every week to make collections but these collections would be of different types of waste.
At the moment we get a Government grant to help us keep collecting rubbish from your green bin every week. But this money runs out in 2017 and we need to decide what we do after that. If we change to alternate weekly collections, and recycle more, it could save the Council and Council taxpayers up to £1.5m a year.
The right things in the right bins
A switch to alternate weekly collections shouldn’t need to mean big changes for you at home.
The easiest thing you can do to help make this change work is just be sure that you put the right things in the right bins. If you recycle everything that you can, there will be less waste, and more space, in your green general waste bin. Continue reading Alternate weekly bin collections
We are determined not to miss any bin collection days over the festive season, particularly as you might have a lot of wrapping paper and empty bottles that you want to recycle.
If one of your regular bin days falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day we will empty it on a different day. These changes apply to both recycling collections and general waste collections:
- If one of your bins was due to be emptied on Christmas Day (Thursday), it will be emptied on Monday, 22 December.
- If one of your bins was due to be emptied on Boxing Day (Friday), it will be emptied on Saturday, 27 December.
- If one of your bins was due to be emptied on New Year’s Day (Thursday), it will be emptied on Monday, 29 December.
All other bin days remain as normal.
Get a bin day reminder on our app
If you are now thinking, “that’s great, but please can you remind me the day before?” the answer is, “Actually, yes we can”. If you have installed our mobile app on your smartphone or tablet, you can get an alert the day before any of your bins are due out. We have told the app about the changes over the festive season, so it will give you the correct date.
You can also check your bin day on our website or look at the recycling calendar we sent out to every household.
Recycling Christmas trees
There are over six million real Christmas trees bought across the UK each year, of which only about 10% are recycled. Let’s see if we can go way beyond that 10% in the Bradford District this year. Continue reading Bin days and recycling over Christmas and New Year
We’ve all forgotten to put our bin out at some point. You’re lying in bed in the morning and you hear the familiar sound of the bin wagon in the street. You dash downstairs in your dressing gown and run after the wagon, dragging your bin behind you in the hope you can catch them up.
OK, maybe you don’t actually do that. But you need never forget your bin day again if you download our mobile app.
You can get a reminder from the Bradford Council app the evening before your bin is due out. You’ll get the alert at about tea time telling you that your general waste, recycling, or garden waste are due to be collected the next day.
Other alerts – job vacancies and school closures
You can also get alerts for new Council job vacancies and unscheduled school closures. We are currently working on more alerts for the app too. If you sign up for updates from this blog, we’ll let you know when we add new features to the app.
Where to download our app
If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can download the Bradford Council app from the Apple App Store. If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, you can download the app from the Google Play Store.
The Bradford Council website has more information about what you can do with our app.
Have you used our app? Is there anything else you would like it to do? If so, leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.