Household waste and recycling collections in Breckland are set to change as part of a move to maximise bin collection route efficiencies and become more environmentally friendly.

Serco, working with Breckland Council, are revising the household waste and recycling collections to reduce the distances bin trucks are travelling, whilst improving route efficiencies to accommodate new homes within the Breckland area.

The changes will be introduced from Monday 21 March and will mean that half of the households in Breckland will see a change to the day their household waste and recycling is collected. Collections will remain alternate weekly.

Those residents remaining on the same collection day may have a change to their collection time, therefore it is important bins are put out by 6.30 am. A new bin schedule leaflet will be sent out to all residents from mid-February to advise of bin changes. General information about changes to the bin collections will be available online via and via Breckland Council social media channels from 31 January.

Cllr Sarah Suggitt, Executive Member for Planning, Leisure and Contracts, from Breckland Council commented: “By delivering this subtle change in collection dates, and in some places different collection times, we will not only reduce our Council carbon footprint, but ensure waste collection routes deliver a more efficient service for Breckland residents.”

Emma Windle, Serco Senior Contract Manager for Norfolk said “These changes will also deliver a more even distribution of workload across the collection rounds. All of my Breckland team have been heavily involved in the planning and scheduling of these changes and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their help and support.”