At its meeting on 31 July 2018, Oadby & Wigston Borough Councillors unanimously approved proposals to keep to weekly collections for both refuse and recycling.
Oadby & Wigston will remain the only council in Leicestershire that collects refuse and recycling on a weekly basis This is in stark contrast to the move to alternate weekly collection that has been seen up and down the country for the past decade.
A decision was also made, which formed the two core proposals bought to Full Council by the working panel that were tasked to investigate possible options, that the collection of kerbside refuse to be moved to wheeled bins, starting in June 2019.
Results of the two resident waste surveys were taken into account as part of the decision making process and helped determine the panel’s recommendations. The survey results indicated that maintaining weekly collections was the most important factor for the majority of households.
This decision to change the receptacle for collecting household refuse, follows the decision and successful implementation of moving to wheeled bins for recycling - which all form part of the Council’s wider plans to improve and protect services to local residents.
Oadby & Wigston Borough Council Leader, Cllr John Boyce explained the decision:
“We have consulted and listened to our residents all the way through the process of ensuring we continue to provide a first class waste collection service for future generations.
“Maintaining weekly waste collections was overwhelmingly the huge priority and concern for Borough householders, with three quarters of survey respondents expressing a wish to move to wheeled bins for refuse collection. So, we are naturally delighted to be in a secure financial position as a Council and able to fulfil the needs and wishes of our residents.”
The move away from using bags for recycling took place in June. The rollout of new wheeled bins to each Borough household was viewed a success and was completed ahead of schedule. This followed the introduction and use of wheeled bins for garden waste collection which started in April 2018.
The Council would like to thank all the residents that took part in the two waste surveys and will provide comprehensive updates on how the change to wheeled bins for refuse collection will be implemented on our website and in Letterbox.
In the meantime, the use of black bags for refuse collection will remain exactly the same until June 2019.