New bin collections launched

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THE final phase of a plan to introduce new rubbish and recycling collections will begin this week.

Alternate weekly collections will begin in the Durham City and Easington areas from tomorrow.

Durham County Council is reminding residents to check their new waste and recycling collection days by using the calendar delivered with their new recycling bin.

Collection times may also have changed so they also asked to put their bin out for collection by 7am on the allocated day.

The change is part of a plan to introduce alternate weekly collections and revise collection routes to make them more efficient as part of a project to save between £9million and £12million during the next five years.

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, said: “The final phase of the switchover to alternate weekly collections means that, by the end of the month, every home in the county will be part of the scheme.”

The alternate weekly collection system was introduced in the Chester-le-Street area at the beginning of April.

The new bins are to be used for recycling paper and card, plastic, food tins and drinks cans, cartons and aerosols, with glass bottles and jars to be placed in the existing recycling box as normal. Full details at or on 03000 261 000.