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Council announces a change to households' normal rubbish and recycling collection days

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is preparing for a change in the collection days for rubbish and recycling bins collected from each household across the borough and will be giving residents advance notice in a letter drop of their new day of collection from 18 October.

Residents will continue to have their black bins emptied one week, with their green bins being emptied the following week. However, the day of collection, and which bin is emptied on which week, may change.

These changes are required due to the housing growth within the borough over the last 15 to 20 years, meaning the current daily routes are imbalanced. To ensure each vehicle's collection route can cope with the number of households in that area, as well as prepare for any new houses that may be built in the future, an alteration of the current routes is necessary.

Residents whose waste collection is delayed by these changes can place additional one-off tied-up black sacks beside their bin, which will be accepted on the first new black bin collection day only. As always, additional recycling will be collected, if glass is contained within the bin and additional recycling is placed in a box beside the bin.

For those who pay for a garden waste brown bin collection, these schedules will not be affected. All bins should be put outside by 6.30 am on the day of collection, as the teams are unable to return for missed bins.

Cllr Paul Wells, chairman of the environment committee, said: "As more properties requiring a collection are added to the routes, it is necessary for changes to be made to ensure the collection routes are fit for purpose.

"This decision was made jointly with our operational partner, GYB Services Ltd. I appreciate that for some residents some short-term inconvenience may result from the rollout of these changes. However, this work will help to ensure that we can deliver an even more efficient service, and I would like to thank every resident for their understanding and patience."

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Last modified on 07 December 2023

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