To ensure a smooth transition, the council will roll out the fortnightly general waste bin collection changes in phases across different areas between now and Christmas.
Phase one will begin on October 22 in Fallings Park, Heath Town, Wednesfield North and parts of Wednesfield South, and Bushbury South and Low Hill.
From Monday (October 8) residents in phase one will receive information packs through their letterbox explaining what they need to do. It contains a letter, a guide with new collection dates, and a sticker for their chosen general waste bin. The information packs will inform people when their fortnightly bin collections begin.
People who live in flats or apartments will not be part of the new fortnightly bin service yet.
Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “We absolutely want to make sure the transition from weekly to fortnightly collections is as smooth as possible, and residents know what they need to do and when the new service begins for them.
“We understand that change can be daunting for people, and want to reassure residents that we’ve taken every possible step to make sure it’s as easy as it can be. And of course, people will have options about the bin size they choose for their household needs – either by continuing to use their smaller brown bin or by choosing to use the larger green bin.”
Councillor Evans continued: “It’s no secret that the council must make savings due significant budget cuts from central government and we’re unable to keep services as they are. This is why the garden waste collection service will end when the new fortnightly collections begin.
“Only this month, we’ve seen bin collections being rolled out monthly across a Welsh county in order for the local council to make savings, showing the harsh financial situation for many local authorities – we are no different.”
The council’s optional paid-for garden waste service starts in February 2019, costing £35 a year (concessions for those who qualify £17.50). People who prefer not to sign up to the service should consider home composting or taking garden waste to the local tip for free.
Residents can find more information, including a helpful video guide, at – www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/recycling