Currently, homeowners need to contact the council to request a delivery if they run out or are getting low. Once the council receives this request, it can take up to four weeks to deliver additional sacks.
Council run libraries and community run libraries will now stock clear recycling sacks which residents can go and collect.
However, residents are still required to contact the council when they request more sacks as they will be given a reference number to use at their library. This means stocks of sacks can be correctly managed and allocated as appropriate.
Sue Dasent, strategic manager for procurement and contract management, said:
“Although households that use clear recycling sacks are given an annual supply in January each year, some residents recycle more and therefore run out of bags before their next delivery.
“We then arrange for additional sacks to be sent out to the homeowner but this is a costly exercise and is also a lengthy process. We are pleased that residents will be able to collect their bags from their local library.”
Rob Jones, library services manager, said:
“This addition to services at council libraries is a natural extension to those already on offer and I am sure it will be welcomed by residents who need additional recycling sacks.”
Any residents requesting clear recycling sacks once they run low should continue to call the council on (01983) 823777. If the request is approved, the caller can then choose to collect the sacks from their local library or continue to have them delivered. If they want to collect them from the library, they will be provided with a unique reference number which they will need to quote when picking up the bags.
Should residents run out of sacks before receiving their additional stock, they can place recyclable waste in coloured bin sacks as long as they are not black or grey in colour. Green sacks may also be used, but any green garden waste must only be placed in the pre-paid garden waste sacks.