All change in bin collection in Southampton

Bin and rubbish collection in Southampton

Left to right, refuse collectors Dean Best and Michael Hutchman with Jacqui Rayment and Stuart Love.

The new days for bin collection in Southampton

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IT’S been described as the biggest change to Southampton’s bin collections for decades.

From March 3 rubbish and recycling collection days across the city will change as a result of a new glass recycling service for houses.

The city council has already warned there may be “confusion” in the coming weeks while the new system is implemented.

Glass collection for flats was introduced last year, but at the start of next month 67,000 grey collection boxes will be dropped off at homes across the city.

Glass will then be collected from houses from March 17 onwards.

As well as the new grey bins for glass, households also have a weekly rubbish bin and a recycling bin for fortnightly collections. Some also have a separate bin for garden waste collections.

While introducing the new glass collection scheme the city council has taken the opportunity to completely overhaul weekly collection days.

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They say the new system – which will see the city divided into five areas with bins collected on different days of the week – will simplify binmen’s rounds and cut costs and emissions.

Information packs about the new scheme and calendars with collection days will be sent out before the service is rolled out on March 3.

City council chiefs say the new glass collections and change to collection days have been funded by an £ 8 million Government grant received last year.

Council environment and transport boss Jacqui Rayment said the changes could save the council £240,000 a year.

She said: “This is the largest change to our waste service for a long, long time.

“It’s going to be a much better service but we’re not blind to the fact that in the first couple of weeks we may have some confusion.

“When you make a change to something, obviously it has to settle in.

“We’ve had a lot of feedback from residents that they want us to make it easier for them to recycle and to simplify the way we collect waste.”

While residents’ associations have welcomed glass collections and “rationalisation” of bin rounds, some have voiced concern about the confusion the change could create and the addition of another new bin.

As well as free general rubbish and recycling bins, there is also a greenwaste bin run with an annual cost of up to £55.

Penny Hastings, from the Old Bassett Residents’ Association said: “The council will have to have a softly- softly approach with collections at the beginning, because some people are going to get it wrong.

“It will probably lead to some confusion among residents.”

Linda Connell, from the Underwood and Redhill Residents’ Association, said: “You look down some streets and see what used to be a pleasant urban street, but is now bin city.

“All these bins are fine for some areas, but can become street litter in others.”

Joe Cox from the Southampton Green Party said: Obviously we are very pleased that the council has made an effort with rolling out glass collections on the kerbside.

But there is always room for improvement and we will to make sure that it is monitored properly.”

Why the need for change?

THE council says glass collection has been introduced in response to calls from residents to recycle it in the same way that they do other materials.

Previously the only way to correctly recycle the material was by taking it to bottle banks, with 1,270 tonnes of glass collected from the facilities in 2012 alone.

As well as the new collection boxes, old glass banks around the city have been replaced with new, igloo-style banks which feature sound-proofing to prevent disturbing residents living  nearby.

Civic bosses want to improve the city’s recycling rates as part of their green drive.

And recycling glass could also make an income for the council.

Glass collected will be sorted, and green glass sent to Portugal, while white and brown glass will go to London or other locations in the country.

In both cases, the glass will be processed into new bottles and jars.

Although glass collection is being funded for the first three years by a Government grant, the council says if every household in the city recycles an average of five bottles or ten jars a week the new glass service will pay for itself.

Glass collection

GLASS collections will be fortnightly.

Residents should leave glass in the grey collectionboxes which will be delivered to their homes  before March 3.

You do not have to be in on the day your box is delivered.

The collections will take place on the same day as the fortnightly recycling collections and the weekly household waste collections.

There will be no change made to glass collections in flats, which were introduced last year.

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10:04am Fri 21 Feb 14

rjcr says...

I agree with recycling but people should take responsibility and use communal services. Yet another bin to be placed outside some of the city's terraced houses with no front gardens. Aside from being unsightly and creating problems with trying to walk on the narrow pavements with prams, the bins already on the road blow around hitting cars and causing damage in high winds. Bins should not be provided to houses that do not have facilities to store them, they are ruining the appearance and cleanlieness of what used to be lovely areas of the city.
I agree with recycling but people should take responsibility and use communal services. Yet another bin to be placed outside some of the city's terraced houses with no front gardens. Aside from being unsightly and creating problems with trying to walk on the narrow pavements with prams, the bins already on the road blow around hitting cars and causing damage in high winds. Bins should not be provided to houses that do not have facilities to store them, they are ruining the appearance and cleanlieness of what used to be lovely areas of the city. rjcr
  • Score: 17

10:34am Fri 21 Feb 14

NO, really? says...

Am I missing something here?
The service will pay for itself IF the AVERAGE recycled is 5 bottles, or 10 jars per week.
But... that is alot of glass.
We don't drink wine, so no glass bottles.
I am diabetic so no jam.
Even if we cooked with jars of sauce 10 is more than one a day - does anyone really do that?
Hmmmm I suspect in three years and one day I will be receiving a bill for the removal of my glass...
Am I missing something here? The service will pay for itself IF the AVERAGE recycled is 5 bottles, or 10 jars per week. But... that is alot of glass. We don't drink wine, so no glass bottles. I am diabetic so no jam. Even if we cooked with jars of sauce 10 is more than one a day - does anyone really do that? Hmmmm I suspect in three years and one day I will be receiving a bill for the removal of my glass... NO, really?
  • Score: -4

10:39am Fri 21 Feb 14

southy says...

Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop
Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop southy
  • Score: 9

11:12am Fri 21 Feb 14

Stapleman says...

rjcr wrote:
I agree with recycling but people should take responsibility and use communal services. Yet another bin to be placed outside some of the city's terraced houses with no front gardens. Aside from being unsightly and creating problems with trying to walk on the narrow pavements with prams, the bins already on the road blow around hitting cars and causing damage in high winds. Bins should not be provided to houses that do not have facilities to store them, they are ruining the appearance and cleanlieness of what used to be lovely areas of the city.
Oh good, something else to be left on the pavement, i think a recent Freedom of Information request showed not one fixed penalty issued between 2010 -2013 for persistent offenders. Letters were sent out to householders warning of fines if bins left out, but no enforcement. What a waste of time and money!
[quote][p][bold]rjcr[/bold] wrote: I agree with recycling but people should take responsibility and use communal services. Yet another bin to be placed outside some of the city's terraced houses with no front gardens. Aside from being unsightly and creating problems with trying to walk on the narrow pavements with prams, the bins already on the road blow around hitting cars and causing damage in high winds. Bins should not be provided to houses that do not have facilities to store them, they are ruining the appearance and cleanlieness of what used to be lovely areas of the city.[/p][/quote]Oh good, something else to be left on the pavement, i think a recent Freedom of Information request showed not one fixed penalty issued between 2010 -2013 for persistent offenders. Letters were sent out to householders warning of fines if bins left out, but no enforcement. What a waste of time and money! Stapleman
  • Score: 9

11:37am Fri 21 Feb 14

mecharacter says...

Oh good just what we need - Depending on the area in which you live, another tool for the local yob to pick up and smash glass all over the road etc., When we put the bins out they already like to kick them over so the rubbish lies all over the road.
My dustmen cannot even pick up a cardboard carton that they dropped from the recycle blue bin ! – and during all this rain I thought I will cover all the cardboard in a bag so it does not get soggy only to find a note put through my door saying they did not empty the bin cause it was contaminated with a bag !
Disgraceful that they charge to collect green waste, which they then mulch and earn a profit from
Oh good just what we need - Depending on the area in which you live, another tool for the local yob to pick up and smash glass all over the road etc., When we put the bins out they already like to kick them over so the rubbish lies all over the road. My dustmen cannot even pick up a cardboard carton that they dropped from the recycle blue bin ! – and during all this rain I thought I will cover all the cardboard in a bag so it does not get soggy only to find a note put through my door saying they did not empty the bin cause it was contaminated with a bag ! Disgraceful that they charge to collect green waste, which they then mulch and earn a profit from mecharacter
  • Score: 4

11:47am Fri 21 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

southy wrote:
Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop
Why stop at bottles? You also pay deposit on canned and plastic bottled drinks in denmark. It works very well!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop[/p][/quote]Why stop at bottles? You also pay deposit on canned and plastic bottled drinks in denmark. It works very well! KSO16R
  • Score: 2

11:57am Fri 21 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

I note that the area covering a lot of student HMOs will be collected on Fridays. With any luck this may lead to the students leaving their bins out on the pavement just fror the weekend, rather than all week.
I note that the area covering a lot of student HMOs will be collected on Fridays. With any luck this may lead to the students leaving their bins out on the pavement just fror the weekend, rather than all week. Inform Al
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

southy says...

KSO16R wrote:
southy wrote:
Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop
Why stop at bottles? You also pay deposit on canned and plastic bottled drinks in denmark. It works very well!
I agree why not on plastic and tin, remember when I was a kid collecting bottles that had been thrown away and taking them to the off-license and claiming the deposit it paid for the winter swimming on a sunday morning down at the old baths and the wed evening at the ice rink.
It was a way to earn a bit of money to pay for things, so all for it coming back that way if people like the even drunks that throw there bottles about kids would pick them up and claim the deposit
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop[/p][/quote]Why stop at bottles? You also pay deposit on canned and plastic bottled drinks in denmark. It works very well![/p][/quote]I agree why not on plastic and tin, remember when I was a kid collecting bottles that had been thrown away and taking them to the off-license and claiming the deposit it paid for the winter swimming on a sunday morning down at the old baths and the wed evening at the ice rink. It was a way to earn a bit of money to pay for things, so all for it coming back that way if people like the even drunks that throw there bottles about kids would pick them up and claim the deposit southy
  • Score: 4

12:22pm Fri 21 Feb 14

loosehead says...

Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass?
We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it?
I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin!
Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass? We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it? I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin! loosehead
  • Score: 4

12:57pm Fri 21 Feb 14

dont lie says...

This is not good news
ITs A LOAD OF RUBBISH
This is not good news ITs A LOAD OF RUBBISH dont lie
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

waltons11 says...

loosehead wrote:
Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass? We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it? I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin!
It is not always a case of being lazy. I do not have a car and have arthritis in my back, hips and arms. I physically cannot carry anthing heavy although I do take one or two glass jars when going to the supermarket.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass? We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it? I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin![/p][/quote]It is not always a case of being lazy. I do not have a car and have arthritis in my back, hips and arms. I physically cannot carry anthing heavy although I do take one or two glass jars when going to the supermarket. waltons11
  • Score: 5

1:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Loveyourcity says...

southy wrote:
Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop
Remember the old corona bottles? As kids we used go hunting for them so we could get 10p per bottle.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop[/p][/quote]Remember the old corona bottles? As kids we used go hunting for them so we could get 10p per bottle. Loveyourcity
  • Score: 9

1:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Linesman says...

waltons11 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass? We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it? I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin!
It is not always a case of being lazy. I do not have a car and have arthritis in my back, hips and arms. I physically cannot carry anthing heavy although I do take one or two glass jars when going to the supermarket.
As per usual, loosehead is out of touch with reality. In his world nobody is disabled, they are either lazy or scroungers.
[quote][p][bold]waltons11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass? We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it? I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin![/p][/quote]It is not always a case of being lazy. I do not have a car and have arthritis in my back, hips and arms. I physically cannot carry anthing heavy although I do take one or two glass jars when going to the supermarket.[/p][/quote]As per usual, loosehead is out of touch with reality. In his world nobody is disabled, they are either lazy or scroungers. Linesman
  • Score: 7

2:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

southy says...

Loveyourcity wrote:
southy wrote:
Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop
Remember the old corona bottles? As kids we used go hunting for them so we could get 10p per bottle.
wow 10p that must of been in the 80's just before it all came to an end.
corona use to cost us 9d in old money and get 1/2 to 1 d back from the deposit
[quote][p][bold]Loveyourcity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop[/p][/quote]Remember the old corona bottles? As kids we used go hunting for them so we could get 10p per bottle.[/p][/quote]wow 10p that must of been in the 80's just before it all came to an end. corona use to cost us 9d in old money and get 1/2 to 1 d back from the deposit southy
  • Score: 1

2:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

Oh great, more bins to be kicked or blown over & more rats no doubt!
When I am working in London it is a refreshing site to see because they don't have the plastic R2D2's every flippin where.
Think back to what our streets looked like in the 60's & 70's before the arrival of these sodding bins & look at the streets now!
Does 'so called' progress ever achieve anything worth while?
Less bin lorries on the road but I bet they will still be blocking the road when I go to work in the morning no matter what day it is :D
Oh great, more bins to be kicked or blown over & more rats no doubt! When I am working in London it is a refreshing site to see because they don't have the plastic R2D2's every flippin where. Think back to what our streets looked like in the 60's & 70's before the arrival of these sodding bins & look at the streets now! Does 'so called' progress ever achieve anything worth while? Less bin lorries on the road but I bet they will still be blocking the road when I go to work in the morning no matter what day it is :D SOULJACKER
  • Score: 1

2:41pm Fri 21 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

Loveyourcity wrote:
southy wrote:
Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop
Remember the old corona bottles? As kids we used go hunting for them so we could get 10p per bottle.
Excellent idea, yeah we used to collect the Corona pop bottles, they should bring that back :)
[quote][p][bold]Loveyourcity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why bother to do it this way, all that is needed is to put deposit on bottles and jars, it use to work well on beer bottle etc many years ago it should of never been stop[/p][/quote]Remember the old corona bottles? As kids we used go hunting for them so we could get 10p per bottle.[/p][/quote]Excellent idea, yeah we used to collect the Corona pop bottles, they should bring that back :) SOULJACKER
  • Score: 4

3:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

I live in a flat in the city centre and I never got a grey box, didn't even know about them, shame as I have a lot of glass each week from beer bottles and they get wasted, hopefully will get a grey box and can recycle them now.

They haven't collected our recycable rubbish for about 3 months though from outside our flat which is annoying.
I live in a flat in the city centre and I never got a grey box, didn't even know about them, shame as I have a lot of glass each week from beer bottles and they get wasted, hopefully will get a grey box and can recycle them now. They haven't collected our recycable rubbish for about 3 months though from outside our flat which is annoying. ToastyTea
  • Score: 3

4:10pm Fri 21 Feb 14

loosehead says...

ToastyTea wrote:
I live in a flat in the city centre and I never got a grey box, didn't even know about them, shame as I have a lot of glass each week from beer bottles and they get wasted, hopefully will get a grey box and can recycle them now.

They haven't collected our recycable rubbish for about 3 months though from outside our flat which is annoying.
we haven't got a grey box yet either
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: I live in a flat in the city centre and I never got a grey box, didn't even know about them, shame as I have a lot of glass each week from beer bottles and they get wasted, hopefully will get a grey box and can recycle them now. They haven't collected our recycable rubbish for about 3 months though from outside our flat which is annoying.[/p][/quote]we haven't got a grey box yet either loosehead
  • Score: 2

6:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

solomum says...

Why are Southampton making this so complicated? NFDC, have had glass containers for a while now, a small plastic box, that is collected fortnightly. It did not affect our normal rubbish collections at all.
Why are Southampton making this so complicated? NFDC, have had glass containers for a while now, a small plastic box, that is collected fortnightly. It did not affect our normal rubbish collections at all. solomum
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Loveyourcity says...

solomum wrote:
Why are Southampton making this so complicated? NFDC, have had glass containers for a while now, a small plastic box, that is collected fortnightly. It did not affect our normal rubbish collections at all.
I feel you should ask the Unions this question.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: Why are Southampton making this so complicated? NFDC, have had glass containers for a while now, a small plastic box, that is collected fortnightly. It did not affect our normal rubbish collections at all.[/p][/quote]I feel you should ask the Unions this question. Loveyourcity
  • Score: 0

7:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

loosehead says...

waltons11 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass? We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it? I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin!
It is not always a case of being lazy. I do not have a car and have arthritis in my back, hips and arms. I physically cannot carry anthing heavy although I do take one or two glass jars when going to the supermarket.
wher I've lived in the past I've helped people who through either age or just not physically capable of doing every thing so please don't think my post was aimed at you or anyone in the categories I've stated so I'm sorry if I offended you!
[quote][p][bold]waltons11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Wasn't the reason for getting given the grant was we'd recycle glass? We always take our bottles to the glass/bottle banks so what this is for those to lazy to do it? I'd rather they recycled more forms of plastic as many cartons have recyclable on them but you can get fined if you put it in your recycle bin![/p][/quote]It is not always a case of being lazy. I do not have a car and have arthritis in my back, hips and arms. I physically cannot carry anthing heavy although I do take one or two glass jars when going to the supermarket.[/p][/quote]wher I've lived in the past I've helped people who through either age or just not physically capable of doing every thing so please don't think my post was aimed at you or anyone in the categories I've stated so I'm sorry if I offended you! loosehead
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Just lob everything in the same bin and let them sort it out, that's what I pay them £800 a year for.
Just lob everything in the same bin and let them sort it out, that's what I pay them £800 a year for. bigfella777
  • Score: 2

7:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

sotonboy84 says...

Why not just go back to bags that people leave out on the morning of collection. Black for household waste, clear for recycling & a different colour for glass then the problem of wheelie bins is solved. Biodegradable bags are common now so friendly to the environment too.

I'll stick to a bottle bank because I'm not storing a plastic box in my house or front garden, the same reason I didn't choose a garden waste bin.
Why not just go back to bags that people leave out on the morning of collection. Black for household waste, clear for recycling & a different colour for glass then the problem of wheelie bins is solved. Biodegradable bags are common now so friendly to the environment too. I'll stick to a bottle bank because I'm not storing a plastic box in my house or front garden, the same reason I didn't choose a garden waste bin. sotonboy84
  • Score: 1

8:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

solomum says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Why not just go back to bags that people leave out on the morning of collection. Black for household waste, clear for recycling & a different colour for glass then the problem of wheelie bins is solved. Biodegradable bags are common now so friendly to the environment too.

I'll stick to a bottle bank because I'm not storing a plastic box in my house or front garden, the same reason I didn't choose a garden waste bin.
Glass in bags is extremely dangerous to animals who's natural instinct is to split open bags looking for food. I agree, bottle banks are a preferred choice for many, but the plastic boxes do encourage those who cannot get to or cannot be bothered to get to the bottle bank. I have bought my own bins for the back garden. A black one for normal waste and a green one for recycling. I just empty them on the morning the bin men are due and leave the wrapped bags with all the others in our road. All our neighbours do the same. The glass boxes stay in the garden and are put at the end of the path on collection day. This works really well and there is never any rubbish lying around the street.
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: Why not just go back to bags that people leave out on the morning of collection. Black for household waste, clear for recycling & a different colour for glass then the problem of wheelie bins is solved. Biodegradable bags are common now so friendly to the environment too. I'll stick to a bottle bank because I'm not storing a plastic box in my house or front garden, the same reason I didn't choose a garden waste bin.[/p][/quote]Glass in bags is extremely dangerous to animals who's natural instinct is to split open bags looking for food. I agree, bottle banks are a preferred choice for many, but the plastic boxes do encourage those who cannot get to or cannot be bothered to get to the bottle bank. I have bought my own bins for the back garden. A black one for normal waste and a green one for recycling. I just empty them on the morning the bin men are due and leave the wrapped bags with all the others in our road. All our neighbours do the same. The glass boxes stay in the garden and are put at the end of the path on collection day. This works really well and there is never any rubbish lying around the street. solomum
  • Score: 0

8:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

wilson castaway says...

Well my letter states that our collection has changed from Friday...to Friday..thanks for that!
Well my letter states that our collection has changed from Friday...to Friday..thanks for that! wilson castaway
  • Score: 1

5:55am Sat 22 Feb 14

skeptik says...

Green council? Not whilst a toll bridge causes miles of tailbacks during rush hours - Go Green - as long as it does not interfere with revenue raising.
Green council? Not whilst a toll bridge causes miles of tailbacks during rush hours - Go Green - as long as it does not interfere with revenue raising. skeptik
  • Score: 2

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