Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Green sack collections

Green sacks

In Autumn 2013, Northampton Borough Council in partnership with Enterprise Managed Services Ltd. made further progress towards their commitment to recycling more and sending less waste to landfill with the introduction of green sack collections.

The 22,000 properties in Northampton who have weekly sack collections saw their black sacks replaced with logo printed green sacks.  The 2 sack policy was introduced and a wider range of recycling opportunities became available; including communal recycling for blocks of flats and the incentive that residents can put out as much recycling as they have, kerbside each week by requesting additional boxes or by using clear or white carrier bags.

Over the last 10 years, the town has successfully increased the amount it recycles, soaring from 9,753 tonnes in 2003/2004 to 34,677 tonnes in 2011/2012- an increase of over 250 per cent!!  The introduction of kerbside recycling for a broad range of recyclable waste in 2004 made it easier for households to recycle more and has made the biggest contribution to the increased recycling rates.

With most properties having paper, card, glass, cans, plastic bottles and food waste collected weekly, anything left over should fit inside the green sacks provided.

We will only collect two green sacks each week, so please don't put out more than this.

By doing this, we can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and meet our obligations and commitment to recycle as much as possible.

Please remember

  • Green sacks must be placed at the kerbside on your day of collection by 6:30am.
  • Your collection day depends on where you live. Use our quick and easy online form to find your collection day.
  • Enterprise will only collect the green sacks provided by them, which have the Enterprise Partnership logo printed on the front.
  • 2 green sacks can be collected per week, no other sacks or additional green sacks will be collected.
  • Waste placed out in the wrong sacks, or adjacent to the permitted number of green sacks, will be deemed as 'side waste' and will not be collected.

Green sack deliveries

Each property will be issued with 52 green sacks every six months, which is the equivalent of two sacks per week. These will be delivered in March and September each year.

Please do not exceed this amount, as we are unable to provide extra sacks.

FAQ's regarding green sack deliveries

1. When will I receive my next delivery of green sacks?

Deliveries will commence week commencing February 23rd 2015 and will be completed by March 9th 2015 ready for collection week commencing March 16th 2015

2. I have run out of green sacks already, what shall I do with my waste before my next delivery?

If you have exceeded the 2 sack limit and have ran out of sacks before the scheduled 6month delivery, you will need to dispose of your household non-recyclable waste at a local Household Waste Recycling Centre.  Information on opening times and your nearest site can be found here.

3. How many sacks will I receive?

You will receive 6 rolls of 9 sacks, totalling 54 sacks.  You will also receive a leaflet explaining the delivery and the two sack policy

4. When shall I start using my sacks?

The next supply of green sacks should be used from week commencing March 9th 2015 for collection week commencing March 16th 2015.

5. How will I receive my green sacks?

They will be posted through the letterbox of each property

6. Last time I was given extra sacks, why haven't I been given any this time?

If your family still qualifies for extra sacks, your extra sacks will be delivered after the initial stage of delivery.  Please allow up to six weeks after your initial delivery before contacting us.

Extra capacity sacks may be provided because of the size of your family or a medical condition that produces a lot of non-recyclable waste.

7. I have a problem with my sack delivery.

If you have received your sacks but there appears to be a problem, please contact us

8. My neighbours have received their sacks, but I have not

Deliveries will take place over a three week period.  If you have not received your sacks by March 9th 2015, please contact us

9. I have recently moved into my property and do not have any green sacks

Please use our contact us form to advise us of your situation.  In your correspondence, please include the date you moved into the property and where you have moved from (if within Northampton) so we can update our records.

10. What if my family has circumstances which may mean we require extra sacks?

If you are unable to cope with the quantity of green sacks provided, either because of the size of your family, or a medical condition that produces a lot of non-recyclable waste, then an assessment can be made by an Enterprise or Council, representative and you may be entitled to an additional allocation of green sacks. Please contact us if this situation applies to your household

Side Waste

This is additional waste placed adjacent to the permitted number of green sacks for collection. This waste will not be collected and will be reported and treated as side waste.

Collecting excess waste does not inspire residents to recycle. Also, by not collecting side waste, we hope to encourage people to reduce the amount of waste they produce and make the most of their kerbside recycling services and help us create a cleaner, greener Borough for everyone.

Penalties

It is the responsibility of the resident to take back any uncollected side waste onto their property and dispose of appropriately. Under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990), failure to adhere to these rules could lead to residents being issued with a fixed penalty notice (£80) or prosecuted (maximum penalty £1,000).

Exceptions 

The only exception to this policy would be if the collection service had been cancelled due to severe weather conditions. In this case, if a collection day has been missed, it may be necessary for residents to place out four green sacks the following week.

It is advised in these circumstances that residents check the website for the latest collection updates.