Refuse collection to change from two to three weeks in August 2022

A new waste collection service will be delivered jointly to both Stratford-on-Avon District and Warwick District residents. This service will start in August 2022 and will introduce a 123+ service across the two districts.

What is the 123+ service?

1. Weekly food waste collection using food caddies (a small caddy for inside your property and a larger caddy to use outside and for collection).

2. Fortnightly dry recycling collection

3. Three-weekly refuse collection (using your existing grey wheeled bin).

+. Fortnightly chargeable garden waste collection .

Why are we doing this?

The current waste collection contracts for both councils will end at the same time, which means we can implement a combined service across the whole of South Warwickshire, serving 126,000 households

What are the benefits?

They are both environmental and financial:

  • The 123+ service will support residents to be even better at recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or incineration
  • The cost of treating and disposing of rubbish will reduce
  • It will support the ambition of both councils to achieve carbon-neutral status by 2030

Recycling rates statistics

Our household recycling rates currently exceed the Government’s target of 50%. However, it is hoped that by moving to a 123+ system with weekly food waste collections, two weekly collections of dry recycling and three weekly non-recyclable waste collections, that we can do even better.

The combined service goes hand in hand with both councils’ commitment to tackling the issues around climate change and the environment. The new contract will bring with it more efficient vehicles and smarter routing as well as changes to food waste collection processes which will reduce the volume of harmful greenhouse gases entering our waste streams.

Further information

Frequently asked questions and answers will be updated regularly.


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