Changes to Watford’s waste and recycling collection service starts from Monday 7 September

Watford Borough Council and Veolia, its waste and recycling partner, are introducing important changes to the services provided for Watford residents.

Published: Friday, 4th September 2020

Starting from Monday 7 September, Watford Borough Council and Veolia, its waste and recycling partner, are introducing important changes to the services provided for Watford residents.

The changes agreed for the waste and recycling service include:

  • The introduction of a weekly collection of food waste; households will now have received 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 sign up 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.

Keeping the weekly collection of the blue-lidded recycling bin that means the majority of people’s waste will still be collected each week.

Residents can sign up to the chargeable garden waste collection service at www.watford.gov.uk/gardenwaste.  So far over 10,000 households have signed up, meaning they will continue to have the waste they generate from their gardens, such as grass mowings, weeds, dlippings as well as old plants or flowers taken away for just £1.53 per collection (based on signing up one bin with Direct Debit (with collections starting in September).

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “We are committed to making sure residents have the best possible local services and that we continue to 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. So I’m pleased that we are launching the changes shortly that will mean residents get an excellent service, with a service that is financially and environmentally sustainable.”

Veolia Watford Senior Contract Manager, Darren Harding, said: “We are working closely with Watford Council to keep improving the recycling and waste services we deliver for the local community. The changes we’ll be implementing from 7 September aim to support residents in further developing sustainable waste behaviours. Have another read of the information leaflet that was delivered through your door. This includes information about what waste goes in what bin, as well as details about all the service changes.”

Every household will have received a number of information leaflets explaining the waste and recycling changes, including advising those who have had their collection day changed.

All information on the changes can be found on a dedicated website at www.watfordrecycles.com.

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