EVERY home in Kirklees will have their bins emptied on alternate weeks by March 2010.

That's the pledge of Kirklees Council chiefs, who meet later today to approve a new scheme for introducing the system.

Schemes to collect grey bins one week and green recycling bins the next have come in for criticism across Britain.

But Kirklees councillors and officials are confident the scheme can work, following a successful pilot scheme in Almondbury.

Now a schedule for phasing in the alternate collections will be put to the Kirklees Council Cabinet, with completion due in March 2010 - a year earlier than expected.

Council officials have had petitions containing a total of 1,625 signatures raising concerns about the idea.

But they believe that the planned phased introduction, along with help and advice from waste and recycling officers, will address the concerns.

A key part of the smooth introduction will be to alert the public.

Clr Martyn Bolt, Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: "The proposals will allow us to roll out the scheme and spend time in each area.

"The key to it all is to give advice to the public. The reason we have not had the complaints there have been elsewhere is that we ran a `hearts and minds' campaign with the pilot scheme in Almondbury.

"We made sure everyone knew how the scheme worked and officers had one to one meetings with any residents who had concerns.

"The same will apply as the programme is extended. It is no use putting all the effort into a trial run and then not doing the same for the main programme.

"Our staff will be there to help and advice will be readily available. And people can come to us and request a second green bin if they want to step up their recycling efforts".

As part of the new scheme, boxes for glass recycling will be offered to homes.

The proposed programme is as follows:

July, 2007

Denby Dale, Clayton West, Scissett, Skelmanthorpe, Shelley, Shepley, Kirkburton, Emley, Flockton, Dalton, Rawthorpe and Kirkheaton.

September/ October, 2007

Scholes, Holmfirth, New Mill, Honley, Brockholes, Berry Brow, Meltham, Netherton, Newsome, Lowerhouses and Springwood.

February/March, 2008

Marsden, Slaithwaite, Golcar, Linthwaite, Longwood, Mount, Lindley, Marsh, Birkby, Highfields, Birchencliffe, Fixby and Fartown.

September, 2008

Wheeled bin rounds or bag-based recycling to all perimeter properties

- those in rural or difficult to reach locations

Summer, 2008, or February/March, 2009

Ravensthorpe, Hopton, Mirfield, Roberttown, Hartshead, Cleckheaton, Scholes, Birkenshaw, Heckmondwike, Gomersal, Hanging Heaton, Chickenley and Earlsheaton.


Bradley, Sheepridge, Deighton, Brackenhall, Cowlersley, Milnsbridge, Crosland Moor, Aspley, Marsh, Salendine Nook, Outlane, Thornhill, Savile Town, Batley, Birstall, Dewsbury and Staincliffe.