NEARLY 1,500 homes in Sunderland do not yet have access to kerbside recycling.
Earlier this year, the city council rolled out a major change to recycling services, replacing boxes with wheelie bins.
Almost 99 per cent of Sunderland’s 125,000 households now have a blue bin for recycling paper, glass, tins, plastic, aerosols and cardboard.
But a number of flats, apartment blocks and hard-to-access properties are still without easy access to recycling.
Information released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed the total – which represents 1.2 per cent of homes in the city – includes 600 in Washington North, 170 in Millfield, and the remainder split between properties across the city.
The missing properties – most of them multi-occupancy – are costing Sunderland City Council an additional £3,892 a year in landfill tax, which is a Government charge on waste disposal.
However, the council has said it is in the process of bringing kerbside recycling services to the whole of the city.
“We are in the process of investigating service provision to multi-occupancy buildings and it is taking time to work through,” a spokeswoman said.
“Building owners need to work with us to find space to install new bins, and take responsibility for the management and storage of the new containers.
“Some rural and difficult-to-reach properties are not close to conventional recycling collections rounds, so work is ongoing to determine the most efficient way of providing a recycling service.”
Data showed that each household in the scheme recycled 19.3 per cent of its waste between March 2010 and 2011.
This figure is expected to rise, as the new, larger wheelie bins replace 55-litre boxes.