Wide-ranging plans to improve the waste and recycling service in the Cotswolds were today (Thursday, 11th October) given the green light.
The proposals, which include the introduction of a weekly collection of food waste for composting and the introduction of wheelie bins for the collection of non-recyclable waste, were unanimously supported by Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet.
If the full Council endorses that decision next Tuesday, the new service will be rolled out across the District from February 2008.
Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “We have been looking at this waste service redesign for 18 months and these proposals have the makings of a first-class service that will take us forward.”
Cotswold District is already top of the recycling league in Gloucestershire with a recycling and composting rate of over 40% and the Council believes the proposed improvements to the service should ensure it continues to lead the way with a rate approaching 60%.
The new service would include:
- The introduction of a weekly food waste collection for composting using new food waste containers
- The collection of garden waste weekly instead of fortnightly and the introduction of a small charge for those residents who want to receive a garden waste collection
- The fortnightly kerbside collection of card and cardboard for recycling using new reusable bags
- The continuation of the current fortnightly kerbside collection of paper, tins/cans, aerosols and glass for recycling
- The collection of non-recyclable waste fortnightly in wheelie bins or authorised coloured bin bags instead of weekly in black sacks
The weekly collection of cooked and uncooked food waste would mean the vast majority of ‘smelly waste’ would still be collected on a weekly basis, so there should be no fears of problems surrounding vermin, maggots and flies.