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Delivery of new outdoor food bin to Watford residents

Watford residents should look out for a delivery of their new brown outdoor food waste bin as part of the upcoming changes to the town’s waste and recycling services, provided by Watford Borough Council and its environmental services partner, Veolia. Delivery of the brown outdoor food waste bins started on Monday 27 July, with deliveries completed over four weeks.

From 31 August, the brown outdoor food waste bin will be the new way for residents to recycle their food waste on a weekly basis. This takes over from the current fortnightly collection with the green garden waste bin. Inside their food bin, residents will find a leaflet explaining how to use their new bin and a complimentary roll of 52 compostable liners for their indoor kitchen caddy. Residents can start placing food waste in this bin from Monday 31 August.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “We are committed to making sure residents have the best possible local services and we play our part in tackling climate change. We know our residents are keen to reduce the amount of waste they throw away, recycle more and make better use of our natural resources. They’ve told us a weekly food waste collection is one way we can help them do this so we are really pleased to be introducing the new service as part of our overall new waste and recycling service for Watford.”

Veolia Watford Senior Contract Manager, Darren Harding, said: “We started to deliver around 30,000 outdoor brown food waste bins to residents across the town from 27 July as part of the upcoming service changes, which will be introduced from 7 September.

“All the information people need on the new service is in the leaflet they will have received through the door recently. This includes what waste goes in what bin, information on the new chargeable garden waste services and the days residents can expect their collections – which may have changed so it is really important people read it carefully.”

The changes agreed for the waste and recycling service include:
• The introduction of a weekly collection of food waste, with households receiving a new 23 litre outdoor brown bin to make recycling food waste easy
• Fortnightly collection of the black bin for non-recyclable waste
• The introduction of a yearly subscription service for fortnightly collections of garden waste (using existing green bins). This will cost £45, or £40 if paid by direct debit. Those who are entitled to a concession will only pay £35.

The current weekly collection of the blue lidded recycling bin will remain the same. Residents can sign up to the chargeable garden waste collection service at www.watford.gov.uk/gardenwaste. Residents are encouraged to sign up by mid-August to ensure they do not see a break in their collections when the new service starts from September.

For more information on the brown outdoor food bin and the other changes or if you cannot find your leaflet visit www.watfordrecycles.com.