11 March 2019 by Joshua Doherty

News in brief (11/03/2019)

With news on: Urbaser begins recycling services in West Kent; Eunomia to carry out Scottish collections appraisals; Bath steps up HWRC plans; and, Nottinghamshire groups share recycling fund

Urbaser begins recycling services in West Kent

Urbaser is beginning work on contract for recycling, waste collection and street cleaning services contract for two Kent councils this month (March).  

(l-r) Mark Pigott, Urbaser, Cllr Dr Ronan Basu,Tunbridge Wells borough council, Cllr David Lettington, Tonbridge & Malling borough council and Chris Minnis, Urbaser

Urbaser was awarded the eight-year contract to deliver a “significantly improved recycling service” to 101,000 homes as well as provide a “more efficient” street cleaning services across Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and Malling borough councils.

The new contract began 1 March in Tonbridge and Malling and will begin on 30 March in Tunbridge Wells

The new service will include: weekly food waste collections; a fortnightly collection of residual waste; an alternative fortnightly collection of mixed dry recyclables i.e. plastics, can, cartons, glass, paper and card; a separate fortnightly collection of garden waste as an opt-in chargeable service; and additional collections of textiles, household batteries and WEEE.

Javier Peiro, managing director of Urbaser, said: “We are delighted to be working so closely with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to improve the levels of service across both boroughs. We believe the expanded services will help to generate a significant rise in local recycling rates, benefitting residents and the environment alike.”

Eunomia to carry out Scottish collections appraisals

Eunomia has been appointed as the sole contractor  for Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) in a two-year framework to carry out waste collection options appraisals for Scottish local authorities.

ZWS is publicly funded to support the delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy – including an ambitious recycling target of 70% by 2025.

The organisation provides assistance to Scottish local authorities that are looking to increase recycling rates by aligning their services to the country’s Household Waste Recycling Charter.

The options appraisals we will provide will help local authorities demonstrate that they qualify for financial support with changes to their waste and recycling collection services.

Eunomia’s framework manager, Duncan Oswald, said: “We have a long track record of collection options modelling. Credible options appraisals that reflect local circumstances are key to local authorities demonstrating that their proposed service changes will boost recycling, but they also need to demonstrate that it is the most efficient option and that it aims to reduce costs.”

Bath steps up HWRC plans

Plans to develop a new public household reuse and recycling centre in Bath and North East Somerset, as well as to relocate waste depots to free-up land are set to get under way.  

Plans to develop a new public household reuse and recycling centre in Bath and North East Somerset are set to get underway soon

Bath & North East Somerset council has recommended a feasibility study into relocating the Midland Road waste depot and Keynsham’s Ashmead Road depot to Pixash Lane in Keynsham.

The plans also include a proposal to build a brand new public household reuse and recycling centre at Odd Down, serving residents of Bath and the surrounding area.

Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Development and Councillor Charles Gerrish have approved a request for £1.9 million to carry out feasibility studies, technical appraisals and public consultations on the proposals.  The money would also enable detailed designs to be drawn up which will then be submitted for planning approval.

Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods, said: “Residents are really embracing recycling and there’s been a huge increase in the amount we collect so we do need to look at our sites to future-proof our operations.  In addition this is an opportunity to look at land which could be made available for additional housing.”

Nottinghamshire groups share recycling fund

A number of Nottinghamshire community groups have been awarded grants through the Nottinghamshire EnviroGrant scheme – the Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund run by Veolia

In partnership with Veolia, the fund offers grants to groups, schools and charities who are committed to helping Nottinghamshire to reduce, reuse and recycle

Designed to support projects that inspire people to think differently about waste and resources, the Fund offers grants to groups, schools and charities who are committed to helping Nottinghamshire to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The projects which have received funding through the most recent scheme awards include the Tin Hat Centre a Community Cafe awarded £435.36 to start a reusable cup scheme.

Also receiving funding was Arno Vale Junior School, which received £378.49 towards the EcoGarden Project which will be used to purchase timber for a frame to construct a ‘plastic bottle’ greenhouse.

Blidworth Men-in-Sheds have been granted £650 for new workshop equipment, which will enable the project to continue supporting the group that creates a community around recycling.

The Mill Adventure Base has been handed £683.82 for recycling bins in the centre, and finally, Greasley Beauvale Primary School which received £613.69 towards its Rainbow Recycle and Reduce Improvement Project


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