Waste and recycling trial proves a success

Posted on: 20 March 2015

In February, the Council carried out a 4-week trial of a new waste and recycling scheme that is being introduced across the whole district later this year. 1042 properties (a mix of urban and rural) were given the same containers which will be used on the scheme and invited to take part in the trial.

The trial involved householders putting out mixed plastic and cardboard with their usual recycling in a new green box and using a new kerbside caddy for a weekly food waste collection.

Overall, the trial results were very encouraging, showing a significant increase in dry recycling and a corresponding drop in waste that normally goes to landfill. As the trial continued, use of the food waste caddies increased as residents became used to the scheme. In some areas the recycling rate reached over 60%, compared to the current rate of 47%.

The success of the trial means that the Council will be introducing mixed plastic and cardboard collections from boxes for all residents, starting this summer.

Andrew Jarrett, Head of Finance, said “Increasing recycling rates and reducing waste going into landfill is better for our residents and the environment and is the main reason we are introducing these new collection arrangements.” He added “The new scheme will also reduce the overall cost of this essential service, allowing us to freeze Council Tax increases and protect other services also. The new scheme will also be available to all residents in the District rather than the 80% who currently receive the scheme.”

Felicity Jones, Recycling Officer, said “I would like to thank all the residents who participated in the trial. We have received some very positive feedback regarding the new waste and recycling scheme and are delighted with results. This trial has provided us with the evidence that introducing the new scheme across the whole District will be popular with residents who want to recycle more.”

The new scheme will be introduced in two phases. From June onwards, mixed plastics and cardboard collections will be available and, in the Autumn, weekly food collections will be available. There will also be a chargeable garden waste collection service introduced. Full details of these changes will be provided to all householders nearer the time.

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