Future of rubbish collections to be considered
Posted on: 24 June 2016
Councillors are being asked to consider three options, which could change the future of rubbish collections in North Devon.
On Monday 4 July, Members of North Devon Council’s Executive will be meeting to discuss the service, as part of a drive to meet national recycling targets and reduce the cost of the service.
Members will consider three outline options. These are:
Option 1 – to introduce a chargeable garden waste service for those households that wish to have the service and, at the same time, introduce a weekly food collection service for all homes
Option 2 – as option 1 above, as well as lifting a restriction on the amount of cardboard that can be put out for collection, but enforcing a ‘no side waste’ policy for all other rubbish that is left out of bins and boxes
Option 3 – as options 1 and 2 above, but also moving non-recyclable rubbish collections (black bins) from fortnightly to three-weekly (one every three weeks)
Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “Like other councils, we need to meet or exceed the statutory recycling rate of 50% by 2020. However, we’re still some way off that target, so we need to take action now to address this.
“The options we are being asked to consider are likely to mean changes to the future delivery of the service, which will see varying increases in our recycling rate. Although these options will mean some people will need to change their habits, we know many are already making good use of our existing waste and recycling service. Therefore, with more people getting involved in recycling, I am hopeful whichever option we decide will help us towards meeting the statutory recycling rate.”
The options being put forward will also help to meet the financial savings target of at least £340,000 annually, which the council has identified as needed from April 2017.
Depending on which outline option Members decide, the council will then continue to develop the plans to deliver the future changes. These are likely to be introduced from the spring of 2017.Environment