Plans to move to a fully commingled service next year in the Christchurch area of Dorset have taken a step forward as the council’s cabinet unanimously agreed to the proposals.
The move comes as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council is set to take over Christchurch’s waste and cleansing services from Dorset council in April 2020.
BCP is a unitary authority formed in April 2019 following the merging of the three councils, and the move will see glass in Christchurch presented with other dry recyclables in wheeled bins, which will bring its service in line with Bournemouth and Poole.
A report to the council last week ahead of the cabinet’s approval on Monday (September 30), explained that a saving would be made if glass was collected separately of £122,000 (per annum based on current markets) but this would be diminished by the extra costs (£464,000 per annum) of collecting glass separately.
It also added that commingled recycling collections provide a safer working environment for staff.
Commenting on the plans, councillor Felicity Rice, cabinet member for environment and climate change at BCP Council said to letsrecycle.com that the plans form part of a long term strategy.
“Cabinet unanimously agreed to the recommendations of the Cabinet Report on waste and cleansing services in Christchurch from April 2020, which will see an interim waste collection operated by BCP council.”
Cllr Rice added: “Christchurch residents will be asked to place glass along with other mixed recycling in their recycling bin, aligning with services in Bournemouth and Poole. Long-term, the Council are set to develop a future waste strategy for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and uniform collection methodology, in line with the government’s new Resource & Waste Strategy and subsequent legislation scheduled for 2023.”