Spurred into action after the bad press, the council implemented a paper and card recycling scheme and met the statutory 8% recycling rate for 2003/04.
In June 2003 the council started the first phase of its twin bin scheme, where an extra green wheelie bin for dry recycling waste was introduced to households, and collected on a fortnightly basis. Weekly collections are therefore alternated between dry recycled goods and other household waste. The scheme was rolled-out over 18 months and in March 2005 became district-wide. A similar glass collection scheme was rolled-out in parallel to the twin bin scheme, with glass collections every four weeks.
Ashfield recycling project manager Edd de Coverly is a consultant from DECO Environmental Solutions. He said: "We are really pleased with our achievements which are a testament to all the people of Ashfield from the council officers to the men who make the collections."
Ashfield is now trialling a garden waste collection scheme, and is also looking at bulky waste collection and commercial recycling.