The waste consultation is now closed. The responses have been considered and the proposals revised.
In order to help the County Council meet its budget reduction target for 2014/15 the Waste Management Service is proposing a number of changes to the current service provision.
Further savings may also be found through the implementation of the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012, (a report on this will be taken to Cabinet in November), as well as through contract re-negotiations and re-tendering. In all, it is estimated that this will lead to £1.2 million worth of savings in 14/15.
At the same time the Council is looking at the potential to generate income, e.g. solar power generation on restored landfill sites and advertising opportunities.
Reduce opening hours at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)
The majority (18) of the 20 sites across Devon are open from 8am-6pm in the summer and 8am-4.30pm in the winter. It is proposed to open these sites an hour later in the morning and close them an hour earlier on weekday evenings in the summer when the sites are generally quietest. Weekend opening times will remain unaffected, (see Impact Assessment for more detail). In addition, it is proposed that the HWRC sites at Holsworthy and South Molton will only be open at weekends. Both of these sites are costly to operate, have low footfalls and receive low quantities of waste. It is therefore considered that a weekend-only service is manageable.
End the temporary recycling centre at Lynton
A temporary recycling centre is provided four times a year for bulky household waste at Lynton. It is proposed to end this service due to the cost of its provision compared to other HWRCs across the county.
Charge charities for disposing more than 10 tonnes of waste per year
The County Council has traditionally allowed free household waste disposal to charities who register with the Council. This is not a statutory responsibility and the County Council now proposes to apply a threshold of 10 tonnes per year, above which the charities would have to pay for disposal. This will only impact on larger charities, some of whom are now undertaking house clearance activities in competition with the private sector.
It is likely that further budget savings will have to be made, and consideration will be given to: