16 March 2017 by Will Date

Local authority news round-up (16/03/2017)

With news on: Funding for Anglesey stackable-box collections; Hyndburn to move to commingled system; Reuse shop landmark, and; Hambleton contamination.

Hambleton to get tough on recycling contamination

Hambleton district council has pledged ‘tough’ action on householders presenting contaminated materials for recycling, after having agreed a ‘four strikes and you’re out’ policy.


Councillor Stephen Watson with examples of non-target waste presented for recycling

The council claims that contamination is costing up to £47,000 per year due to charges imposed for sorting and disposal through its contractor Yorwaste.

At a meeting on Tuesday members of Hambleton’s cabinet agreed to amend the authority’s Waste and Recycling Collection Policy on contamination. It will now mean that:

First contamination – the bin will not be emptied and a leaflet explaining why will be left – it is the residents responsibility to remove the contamination to allow future emptying

Second contamination – the bin will not be emptied and a letter issued

Third contamination – the bin will not be emptied and warning letter issued to say service will be removed unless it ceases

Fourth contamination – the bin will not be emptied and service will be suspended for three months. After that period it will be reintroduced with recycling taken in clear sacks – and monitored. If contamination continues the service will be withdrawn completely.

Commenting on the measures, Councillor Stephen Watson, portfolio holder for waste services, said: “The vast majority of our householders have embraced our schemes and make a massive contribution to the amount we send for recycling.

“However this new policy will allow us to take action against the small number of householders that continue to place the wrong items in their recycling bins.

“Their irresponsible actions contaminate the whole load and that costs the authority money. We introduced our recycling scheme not only to improve performance but to maximise the amount of income we can generate from it – but losing income has a knock on effect on other services which we are striving to maintain.”


Anglesey to invest in trolley containers

Isle of Anglesey county council has secured £350,000 in funding from the Welsh Government for the roll-out of stackable trolley recycling boxes to 20,000 homes.

Trolley box

Trolley box containers are being rolled out to 20,000 homes

The funding, which is to be matched by the local authority, will allow the council to extend the use of trolley boxes for recycling collections, after 7,000 homes used the containers as part of a trial conducted in late 2016.

Anglesey began a new collections service, operated by its contractor Biffa in October, which saw residual waste collection move to a three-weekly cycle. Residents were also provided with an orange box for glass and cardboard, to be used alongside blue boxes for plastic and metal cans, and a red box for paper and textiles.

According to the council, data collected following the launch of its new recycling service shows that trolley boxes are helping to boost recycling in the areas where they are used.

Anglesey’s head of highways, waste and property, Dewi Williams, said: “The majority of homes were provided with an extra orange recycling box as part of the new service launched in October. Whilst the extra box has significantly helped to boost recycling levels, our early research has shown that households trialling the trolley boxes are finding them easier to use and much more convenient than the separate boxes.

“I’m pleased that the trolley box trial is proving a success, and that the Welsh Government has, through this grant funding, shown its faith in our work and Anglesey residents’ commitment to recycling.

“Our residents currently recycle 59.5% of their waste and we must reach 64% by 2019 to meet Welsh Government targets. We believe that the introduction of more trolley boxes across Anglesey can help us achieve this.”

The trolley container, which is designed and manufactured by Straight, now a part of the OnePlastics group, is intended to be more easily wheeled out for collection than separate containers.


Hyndburn in recycling collections shake-up

Councillors in the Lancashire district of Hyndburn have voted to approve a shake-up of recycling collections to come into effect in 2018.

The council currently operates a bags and box service for dry recyclables including plastics, card, cans and glass, but is planning to move to a commingled wheeled-bin service.

According to the local authority the system will be more straightforward for residents living in terraced properties as there will be no need for them to ‘drag bags and boxes’ through their homes.

Speaking about the move, Council Leader, Councillor Miles Parkinson, said: “Our plans to replace the current white sack and blue box system with two new wheelie bins for each household next year, means that not only will we all be able to recycle much more efficiently, but also our streets will be cleaner, as the rubbish that sometimes drops from the boxes and the sacks on collection day will be contained within the wheelie bins, which are much easier to handle. Encouraging recycling reduces landfill, which helps to keep costs down and also protects the environment.”

Cllr Parkinson added: “66% of the Borough’s homes are on terraced streets with no gardens, this new way of collecting will make recycling much easier for owners of terraced properties, as they will no longer need to carry sacks and boxes through the house to place at front door for collection.”


Suffolk re-use shop celebrates anniversary

A celebration event has been held to mark the first birthday of the Re-use Shop based at the Foxhall Household Waste Recycling Centre, run by FCC Environment on behalf of Suffolk county council. 


(l-r) Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Tony Ing, CEO at The Benjamin Foundation, Steve Longdon, Regional Director for FCC Environment

Since opening in March 2016 the shop has rescued around 300 tonnes of items, including 2,000 bikes, 1,200 dining chairs and over 3,000 TVs, which would otherwise have been thrown away.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk county council’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “We are delighted that one year on the shop is doing well and hope that as word spreads and its reputation increases it will do even better next year.

“We are working towards raising the profile of reusing goods on all of our sites so many charities can continue to benefit and we can prevent even more items being thrown away. We would encourage people donate their unwanted good–quality items for re-use at all 11 of Suffolk’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.”

Steve Longdon, regional director for FCC Environment added, “We are delighted to be celebrating one year of partnership with Suffolk vounty vouncil and The Benjamin Foundation today and it is gratifying to know that the store is as popular today as it was when we first opened the doors.

“Our re-use stores have proven incredibly popular across the country and are providing residents with bargains as well as preventing items which are re-usable from being discarded so long may our shared success continue.”

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