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Look out for your new waste collections calendar

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Residents are being encouraged to keep an eye out for new bin collection calendars which are due to hit doormats district-wide later this week.

The four-page leaflet gives households dates for the next 12-month cycle of waste and recycling collections, beginning at the start of June until the end of May 2020. It also includes details on 2019 festive collection arrangements including changes for Christmas Day and Boxing Day properties plus an extra seasonal recycling collection for all homes.

Alongside the new calendars, residents can look up their new collection days by typing in their postcode in the search bar of the Council’s website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

Those with mobile phones or tablets can also check collections and set reminder alerts by downloading the popular free Daventry District Council app, which is available from Google Play and the Apple Store.

Twelve months on and the new service has boosted recycling rates, thanks to the efforts of residents. The first six months saw a 65% increase in food waste collected and 20% more recycling collected, with the amount of rubbish in black bins reducing by 28%. Over 20,000 homes also signed up to receive the garden waste service in 2018/19, which starts again for its second year this month – residents can renew their subscription for the year ahead (which runs from 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020) at a cost of £36 per bin at www.daventrydc.gov.uk.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder said: “Since the new collections service was introduced last June, we’ve been really impressed by how residents have stepped up their efforts to recycle more of their rubbish. With the national spotlight on excessive waste in the environment, our District has a strong track record of embracing waste and recycling changes and we’re proud of the way residents have adapted.”

The 123+ waste and recycling collection service is delivered by Daventry Norse, a new joint venture between Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services Ltd.

Special offers to encourage county residents to get composting

Discounted compost bins are being offered to Great Oxendon residents in a bid to encourage more people to get composting.

As part of International Compost Awareness Week (5-11 May), the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership is working with getcomposting.com to offer discounted compost converters from as little as £18.50. Residents can also buy a second composter for just £9.25 thanks to a fantastic ‘buy one get one half price’ offer.

Get composting’s Blackwall and Rainsaver products are made from 100% percent recycled plastic, including a combination of plastics collected by councils from waste segregation sites and kerbside collections as well as industrial waste such as old gas pipes, old wheeled bins and car bumpers.

As well as compost bins, the site also offers food waste digesters and hot composters, allowing people to compost all of their household food waste.

The Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates that the use of a home compost bin diverts approximately 150 kilogrammes of waste per household away from landfill sites each year.

It is also a cheaper alternative to chargeable garden waste collections and has the added benefit of producing a free supply of top-quality compost, which has multiple uses including as a soil improver, mulch or plant feed and helps gardens retain moisture.

For full details of the offers, visit www.getcomposting.com, or call 0844 571 4444.

The buy one get one half price offer is available on selected products. A one-off delivery charge of £5.99 applies.

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership (NWP) is a partnership of Northamptonshire councils and was set up to improve joint working arrangements on waste management matters.

Find out more at www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk

Don’t miss postal vote deadline for European election

People living in Great Oxendon have just days left to apply to vote by post for the European Parliamentary Election.

Daventry District Council is making preparations for the polling day on 23 May to elect East Midlands MEPs and must receive all applications for postal votes by 5pm next Wednesday, 8 May.

To apply for a postal vote email your name and address to electoralservices@daventrydc.gov.uk and a form will be sent to you to complete, sign and send back, either via email or by post. Applications must have reached the Electoral Registration Officer by the deadline.

Due to a shorter timescale for arranging the election, poll cards will be sent out later than usual and residents are urged to make their postal vote applications as soon as possible to ensure they are processed in time.

Have you renewed your garden waste collections yet?

Residents in Great Oxendon have just a few weeks left to ensure they have renewed their garden waste collections for the year ahead.

The annual charge for the fortnightly service from the start of June 2019 until the end of May 2020 is £36 per bin. Households wishing to continue with the service must ensure they have renewed their subscription by Friday, 17 May to ensure no disruption to their collections cycle.

Residents can renew or sign up for the service using their credit or debit card at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by calling 0345 218 5215.

Those who sign up will then receive a permit sticker to place on their bin or it won’t be emptied. Residents who do not wish to renew the service for 2019/20 will receive their last garden waste collections during the week beginning 27 May 2019.

More than 20,000 homes signed up to the chargeable garden waste service when it was introduced in June last year by Daventry District Council (DDC) and its environmental services partner Daventry Norse. The service is not paid for by Council Tax and was made optional and self-funding so it could continue for only those who want it.

Have your say on the future of local government in Daventry District

Northants Reorganisation

It is proposed that local government in Northamptonshire should change. One important reason for this is that a recent Northamptonshire County Council Inspection report, commissioned by the Government, found that the County Council did not have the right culture, governance and processes to make robust decisions, and subsequently has over-spent on its budget in previous years and faces significant on-going budget deficits.

It is important that you have a say in how these and many other services are delivered in the future.You can read more about the proposals at https://www.futurenorthants.co.uk

From this web site there is a link to a questionnaire available for you to complete. It is important that your views are heard before any decisions are made