Proposed changes to Waste Collection ServicePublished Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Rotherham Council is proposing changes to the way household waste and recycling is collected and wants to hear residents’ views about how it can make this happen.
Councils across the country are under increasing pressure to look at how they deliver waste services - to ensure value for money as well as making sure they achieve high levels of recycling.
Like other councils, Rotherham has been hit with budget cuts, which in the next two years will see it having to find £42m of savings.
The UK also has a target to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020. In 2016/17 the Council recorded a recycling rate of 45.15% of all household waste collected, so still has to increase the amount it recycles.
This has led to a review of all policies and practices, including how waste is collected and recycled, to look at how the Council can provide a more cost effective service that also makes it easier to recycle. The proposals being considered include:
- Replacing the existing blue bag and box with the green and black bins currently in use, to make recycling of paper, glass and cans easier
- Providing all households with a new general waste bin – smaller than the existing black bin because residents will have increased capacity for recycling
- Introducing a small annual charge for collection of green waste, which would be collected all year round rather than the current seven months of the year
The changes to collection would mean different frequencies for recycled waste to reflect the larger capacities of recycling bins. This would involve:
- Week one: General waste
- Week two: Cans and bottles
- Week three: General waste
- Week four: Cardboard and paper
Most plastics that can be are already extracted from “black bin” general household waste to be recycled at the Council’s waste treatment facility in Manvers. Because of this, and the prohibitive cost of introducing further kerbside collections, the Council is not proposing to introduce any more collections at this time.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety Cllr Emma Hoddinott said: “These proposed changes should result in a more efficient, cost effective service and help to increase recycling rates. Residents have told us they want to recycle but feel the current blue box and bag scheme is not practical, bags get lost or blown away, and it also causes problems for our refuse collection teams.
“People’s shopping habits have also changed in recent years with online shopping increasing both the size and amount of cardboard many householders get, so bringing in bigger containers will help with storage and increase the amount of waste people can recycle.
“At the same time we know some residents would like green waste collections to take place all year round, whilst many others never use their green bin at all, so we need to try to strike the right balance.
“Every household in the borough relies on bin collections, so we have not been rushing to alter them. However the financial challenge we face means that no change is now not an option. We want to hear from as many residents as possible to ensure we continue to offer the best service that we can, and understand the circumstances of households before making those changes.”
- The Council’s current kerbside collection consists of a 240 litre general waste wheeled bin, a 240 litre garden waste wheeled bin, a 60 litre sack for paper and cardboard and a 55 litre box for glass, cans foil and textiles
- Following the changes, residents would have a 180 litre general waste wheeled bin, a 240 litre wheeled bin for paper and cardboard and a 240 litre wheeled bin for bottles and cans. Those who sign up to the service would also have a 240 litre garden waste wheeled bin
- The changes would bring the Council in line with what the majority of councils are doing already. Two thirds of councils in the UK already charge for a garden waste collection, whilst Doncaster and Barnsley have both moved to wheeled bin services
- Residents who currently have their bins collected and returned from their garden/driveway/yard (an “assisted collection”) would continue to receive this service
- Plastics could continue to be taken to a number of bring sites and Household Waste Recycling Centres, as well as being extracted from the black bins at the waste treatment facility in Manvers