Alternate weekly bin collections

What are alternate weekly bin collections?

With alternate weekly collections, waste is still collected every week. Under the new system, your green bin (rubbish) collection will change from being collected weekly, to being collected every other week. The collection of your grey bin (recycling) will not be affected and will continue to be collected every other week. This system will operate on an alternate basis – one week a green bin collection and the following week a grey bin collection.

Frequently asked questions

The new service will be introduced in August 2018.
The new system will bring about environmental benefits including increased recycling; a reduction in waste sent to landfill and reduced vehicle emissions. Also, five years ago the Council was successful in applying for and receiving a grant from Central Government that meant we were able to continue to collect green (rubbish) bins weekly. That grant has now ended. The Council has to reduce spending by up to £37million over the next two years as a result of massive cuts in government funding.
No, far from it. Alternate Weekly Collections have been successfully implemented in more than 75% of Councils across the country, which has led to an increase in recycling rates and a decrease in waste overall. All of our neighbouring Councils now operate on Alternate Weekly Collections.
The majority of properties in North Tyneside are affected by this change. However, there are some properties such as blocks of flats or other communal flats that require a different method of collection. We anticipate that most of these properties will also be on the alternate weekly collection programme but each will be considered as part of the roll out and arrangements communicated over the summer.
Yes. A large number of councils have changed to alternate weekly collections and all have reported a significant increase in recycling rates. There is also evidence that this change reduces overall waste produced by households.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 states that waste collection authorities have a duty to arrange waste collection. However, there is no stated or implied frequency imposed on these collections.
No. The savings made by changing the way waste is collected will be used to protect other essential Council services.
There will be a reduction of a small number of posts as a result of this proposed change; however the Council is committed to minimising the number of compulsory redundancies.
Evidence from other councils currently operating this type of collection service does not suggest that fly tipping increases as a result.
There is no evidence that operating alternate weekly collections is a health hazard, and in all the years other councils have been running AWC there have been no instances of ill health connected with this type of collection service.
There will be no impact on the frequency of emptying public litter bins. They will be serviced as required.
The council’s rubbish and recycling website offers a lot of useful information about good waste management, campaigns and collection dates - For information about what you can recycle in North Tyneside check out our A-Z of rubbish.  The Love Food Hate Waste campaign also gives lots of useful information about minimising food waste including portion planning and recipes for leftovers.
Calendars will be provided to residents showing changes to future collection days for both recycling and refuse collections. These will be circulated in July (before the changes commence).
The council has agreed an exception criteria where a larger bin can be issued to households of 6 or more people, or to those residents with a genuine medical need. Qualifying households can apply for a larger bin. Households where both criteria apply will be able to request both a larger waste bin and a larger recycling bin. You may be required to provide evidence to support your request. Households who do not meet the exception criteria will be able to purchase an additional recycling bin at a cost of £20 by calling Envirolink on 0345 2000 103 between 7:30 am and 8pm, Monday-Friday. 
Extra bags of rubbish and recycling will not be collected. Excess rubbish and recycling can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at North Shields. There are also a number of sites throughout the borough where you can recycle glass, clothes and shoes, including many of the supermarkets across North Tyneside. Additionally, the council provides a collection service for bulky waste.
If you are unable to move your bins to the kerb for collection because of a disability or medical condition, you may be eligible for an Assisted Collection. We can arrange for our team to collect your bins from an agreed point within your property boundary and return them to the same place once emptied. To apply for an assisted collection please complete our online assisted collection form -  Residents already receiving an assisted collection will still receive this service after the changes, but the day of collection may change.
No, these changes do not affect the garden waste service and you can carry on using your brown bin for your garden waste as normal.
Your normal collections will continue until August. Your new annual calendar advising of new collection dates for the alternate weekly scheme will be sent to households in July, before the new arranegements come into effect.