New waste collection arrangements reap rewards

Posted on: 29 February 2016

The Council’s Managing the Environment PDG is to receive a report at its meeting on 8 March which highlights increased rates of recycling performance achieved during the first months since the roll-out of the new waste and recycling arrangements.

Every household in the district now has a blue food caddy for recycling food waste on a weekly basis and a green recycling box for cardboard. Mixed plastics are also now collected from the black box. Thanks to residents taking the new arrangement on board, dry recycling rates have increased by 25% compared to the same period last year. This has resulted in less waste going to landfill and provided great savings for the council tax payer. This is really pleasing and the Council hopes that this will continue.

The new chargeable garden waste scheme also seems to be going down well with residents, with the number of customers signing up above the targets set. The new scheme aims to reduce the cost of the waste collection service by £500,000 per year and is on target to do so.

Neal Davey, Cabinet member for the Environment, said: “This is fantastic news and the increase in what householders now put out for recycling means that the amount of household waste collected which still needs to go to landfill is down by 17%. It’s not just the new materials which have seen increases in recycling but existing materials such as paper and food waste have increased. The Council is keen to encourage residents to do more so that landfill rates can be reduced even further. It’s a big thank you to our residents for embracing the changes and doing so well. The environment needs to be protected so the more recycling carried out the better.”

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