Milton Keynes Council have announced plans to trial wheelie bins with 3,000 local households as a potential replacement for sacks.

The pilot will test the uses of wheelie bins to replace sacks to test whether it will keep the streets of MK cleaner with less bags being ripped open by wildlife, increase the levels of recycling; and whether it is safer for residents and collection crews.

Residents will be provided with 3 bins replacing black bags, recycling sacks and the blue box. One bin will be for residual waste, one for paper and one for non-paper based recycling including glass, metal and plastics.

Homes unable to accommodate bins will instead be given boxes similar to the current blue box, while green waste and assisted collections will remain unchanged.

Anyone whose property is within the pilot area can expect to receive a letter from the council by the end of September. The pilot will help MK Council develop options for consultation, and learn about how people use and feel about wheelie bins before any decision is made. 

The council will be asking for feedback from people in the pilot and from the teams making the collections. A 12-week borough wide public consultation will start on 2 November 2020. A decision will be made in March 2021 ahead of implementation in 2023 at the end of the current waste collection contract.

Councillor Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm said, “Last year I promised that we could look at cleaner, greener and safer solutions to MK’s waste collection. MK is one of the best places for high recycling rates in the UK, and was one of the first places in the country to introduce kerbside recycling , back in 1992. It was the first to build its own in-borough recycling plant.”

“This pilot will test whether wheelie bins are part of the solution in making MK the Greenest City.”

The pilot will cover the following areas:

  • New Bradwell
  • Astwood
  • Hardmead
  • Brooklands
  • Chicheley
  • Monkston (part)
  • Moulsoe
  • Monkston Park
  • Little Crawley
  • Grange Farm
  • Lakes Estate (part)

The areas were chosen to cover a wide range of properties from Victorian terraces to newer homes, with gardens and outside spaces of various sizes. All properties types have been surveyed to check suitability for wheeled bins.