Knowsley Moves to Fortnightly Bin Collection

By on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Household waste and recycling collections for all Knowsley residents will take place only once every two weeks, as of 7 October 2013. In changes that include Prescot and Whiston, Knowsley Council are also scrapping the separate food waste collection service. Food waste can now go in the maroon bins.

The council says the move has been forced by central government cuts and environmental targets.

Press release:

Changes to Knowsley’s waste and recycling service

The council is making important changes to Knowsley’s waste and recycling service.

From 7 October, 2013 we are introducing a new, easy to use waste collection service to help residents recycle even more of their household waste.

The changes will mean that one week we will collect your recycling waste (grey bin) and the next week we will collect your waste which cannot be recycled (maroon bin). Garden waste (blue bin) will be emptied on the same day as either your maroon bin or grey bin, depending upon where you live.

These changes will encourage more people to use their grey and blue recycling bins to greater effect. In Knowsley, we currently only recycle 33% of our waste, and we need to increase this to 50% to protect the environment and help to avoid expensive future waste disposal costs.

The Council is also facing significant Government funding cuts of up to £36m over the next three years, and introducing these changes will help to deliver almost £500,000 towards the savings we need to find.

The weekly food waste recycling collection service will end on Friday 4 October 2013. After this, food waste can be put in your maroon bin.

Over the coming months, residents will see much more publicity about these service changes and in September all households will receive an information pack to explain fully how the new service will work, waste collection calendars, and information about what kind of waste should go in the maroon, grey and blue bins.

If you would like to know more, please call our Environmental Helpline on 0151 443 2400.


  1. mr gray

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    will we get a rate rebate also why whiston & prescot only. knowsley no included in changes.

  2. Dave63256

    Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Well, mr gray, the rates system went out of the window many moons ago and it’s not just Prescot and Whiston. The articles states…”changes that INCLUDE Prescot and Whiston,” so there are no favours being done to any other town in Knowsley, although given the way things are, and have been, one would suspect that bin collections may be different for Huyton residents.

    I am no fan of the current national government, but to listen to Knowsley blaming everything on the cuts by central government is wearing thin to the point of becoming feeble.

    According to the press release, making our bin collections every two weeks will save £500,000. This is a lot of money by any stretch of the imagination and I do not dispute these figures, but what really sets my piles off is the fact that between them, the sixty-nine (69) Councillors who sat on the Borough Council in 2011 to 2012, managed to claim for themselves the sum of £857,715.18.

    I’ll type that figure out again so you will know I haven’t made a typo’ – £857,715.18 shared out between just sixty-nine (69) people. Fantastic isn’t it, and here they are, a year later, whinging about having to make savings and it’s we, the residents of Knowsley, who are having to pay for it by cuts in our services.

    • admin

      Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      It did originally say “changes that affect Prescot and Whiston,” as I thought it was clear from the rest of the article it was Knowsley-wide, but I emended it to “include” to make it doubly clear after Mr Gray’s comment.

  3. Dave63256

    Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Point taken and apologies to mr gray.

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