Six bins is too many – so you will have three says Wakefield Council

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A new system for household waste collection that would see the glass and plastic recycling box abolished could be approved by Wakefield Council next week.

The council’s cabinet is being asked to pass the plans at a meeting on Tuesday so the council can comply with new legislation that will be brought in on January 1.

If approved, people will be asked to use just three bins: one to recycle cardboard, glass bottles, cans and plastic bottles; a second for general household waste; and a third for garden waste. The changes would be brought in from spring 2015.

The recycling would be collected from homes and sent to new waste treatment facilities, which are capable of separating all the items so they can be made into new products.

The new legislation requires all councils to collect glass, metals, plastics and paper and cardboard separately from each other and from household waste – meaning homes would have six different bins or boxes.

However, the council has demonstrated that the proposals are not technically, economically or environmentally practical so it is not legally obliged to introduce the system.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “Members will be asked to share their views on plans for the new household and trade waste collection systems.

“The plan is to make it easier for households and businesses to recycle and the council has invested in the construction of new waste treatment facilities.”