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New Forest District Council publishes final plans for wheelie bins

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FINAL plans to introduce wheelie bins across the New Forest have been published before going to councillors for approval.

The district council’s new waste strategy was published yesterday (Wednesday) and does not differ significantly from the draft version.

It details various actions including replacing the current sack system and implementing an alternate-week general waste and recycling collections, plus a weekly food waste pick-up.

New Forest District Council is set to introduce wheelie bins from 2024
New Forest District Council is set to introduce wheelie bins from 2024

The document, produced after a public consultation, will be scrutinised by cabinet on 6th July before a final decision is made by full council on 11th July. Changes will not be implemented until 2024.

As reported in the A&T, critics of the wheelie bin roll-out say the move will spoil neighbourhoods by cluttering streets, and will be awkward to handle for older or disabled people.

A call by the Lymington Society for a further round of consultation has also been rejected by NFDC.

Cllr Steve Davies, NFDC’s cabinet member holder for environment, insisted the scheme was not “simply about wheelie bins”.

He said it was a drive to cut waste and bring up recycling rates, which in the Forest are well below the national average.

“The proposed new service will provide residents with a more efficient service and allow us to make vital progress in protecting the environment,” he said.

“However, we recognise this will be a big change for our community and there will not be a one-size-fits-all approach.

“Through our engagement work and research, we know the service needs to be flexible, and we will survey properties to identify those that are not suitable for wheelie bins.

“We will also continue to provide our assisted collection service for residents who need support taking their waste to the edge of their property.”

He added: “Our team has been developing plans for several years, and I urge residents to read our new waste strategy document for a full view of our objectives and future direction.”

The strategy can be viewed at www.newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy

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