Decision in weeks on fortnightly bin collections in Hull
A DECISION on whether to introduce fortnightly bin collections in Hull could be made within weeks.
About 10,000 homes in the East Riding already have their main household waste bin emptied every two weeks after a successful trial earlier this year.
At the moment, the city council carries out weekly collections of black bins from every household in Hull.
Brown bins for garden waste and blue bins for glass, plastics and cardboard are collected fortnightly.
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But that could change with more people than ever using different recycling options with their blue and brown bins.
In some areas, do-it-yourself recycling has proved so popular that black bins are already only being filled and presented for collection once a fortnight.
Council officials are now analysing the results from a recent citywide survey which asked residents their preference on the frequency of bin collections.
Doug Sharp, the council's sustainable waste manager, said: "We have got the citywide results back but we have yet to break them down on a ward-by-ward basis.
"I am hoping to have that information available in the next couple of weeks to enable us to draft a report to councillors."
Mr Sharp said the 20 per cent response rate had been one of the highest of any similar previous questionnaire on bin collections and recycling issues.
"It shows there is a real interest in the subject and something that people have a strong interest in," he said.
Speaking at a council scrutiny meeting, Mr Sharp said the success of recent area-based initiatives in student neighbourhoods to improve awareness over recycling and bin collections proved that targeted action could have an impact.
The two projects in Newland Avenue and Beresford Avenue, off Beverley Road, were aimed at encouraging students to make more use of the council's different bin collection services.
Mr Sharp said recycling rates differed across the city because some neighbourhoods had more gardens than others.
New figures on recycling rates in each ward in Hull for 2011-12 showed households in the Bricknell, Beverley and Pickering wards recycle most. Bricknell topped the table with a 52 per cent recycling rate. The lowest recycling rates were in Newland, St Andrews, Newington and Myton.
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said he did not want to comment on a possible switch to fortnightly collections until survey results were published.
Launched in May, the East Riding trial covered 7,000 households in Thorngumbald, Keyingham, Swanland, parts of Elloughton and Brough, Hutton Cranswick, Little Driffield and parts of Cottingham. It was extended in June to 6,000 more homes in parts of Driffield, Molescroft, Hayton, Burnby, Shiptonthorpe and Londesborough.