Changes planned for kerbside waste collections as smaller bins set to appear

November 29 2015

SMALLER black bins and more recycling could be introduced in

SMALLER black bins and more recycling could be introduced in 

South Gloucestershire as plans are drawn up to change the kerbside collection service.

Despite the amount of waste being dealt with in the district falling by 61 per cent in the last 15 years, South Gloucestershire Council said there was still too much being produced.

It also wants to increase the amount of recycling in order to meet European targets.

It said: “In 2000 we collectively recycled and composted seven per cent of our municipal waste. In 2014-15, this had increased to 47.5 per cent.

“However, this is below the European target of 50 per cent by 2020 and, therefore, recycling continues to be an important priority.

“The last few years have seen very challenging times for the whole economy and the council has faced significant cuts. We need to treat waste as a resource to be tapped rather than a problem.

“The proposed changes to the service intend to simplify the kerbside offering to residents. It will encourage re-use and recycling through increasing recycling collections to weekly and reducing the size of the black bin.”

The South Gloucestershire Green party said £3 million would be saved if recyclable items were not put into black bins.

It said: “Waste minimisation is in everyone’s interest and the council is looking at ways to drive waste out of landfill, putting it to better use, without increasing overall cost.”

But Liberal Democrats accused the ruling Conservatives of failing to live up to a pledge to bring back free garden waste collections.

Householders are being urged to have their say on the proposed changes and put forward any other ideas they might have. The consultation runs until February 15, with details on the council’s website.

There will also be roadshows in Yate Shopping Centre on Wednesday, December 9, from 10am-5pm and at Waitrose, Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury, on Wednesday, December 16, from 10am-6pm.