Plans to move waste collections in the District of Blaby to alternate weekly have been approved by Councillors in response to a reduction of £745,000 of external funding.
Following the loss of £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council and £240,000 in a central government grant to run weekly recycling collections, Blaby District Council has spent a considerable amount of time looking at the options available to close the financial gap.
A four-week consultation in October-November 2017 was undertaken to gather resident’s views on the proposals.
Over 8,800 consultation responses were received during the consultation, with feedback vital for shaping the scheme.
Following consideration of residents’ needs and an in-depth study of the data, the new scheme will ensure all households have sufficient capacity to manage a move from weekly to alternate weekly collections.
The new scheme will begin in the summer of 2018.
Councillors approved plans at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 January, including:
- Households in the district may be eligible for an increase in the capacity of their refuse bin depending on the number of permanent residents:
- 1-3 residents can order up to 280ltrs, with a standard capacity of 140ltrs
- 4-6 residents can order up to 380ltrs, with a standard capacity of 240ltrs
- Households of up to 7+ residents can order up to 480ltrs, with a standard capacity of 380ltrs
Any bins ordered that take households over the standard refuse capacity will incur a one-off charge.
There may also be a need to make a one-off charge for orders of recycling bins which take households over the standard eligible capacity.
However, this will depend on the outcome of negotiations with Leicestershire County Council over a recycling incentive scheme authorised at their Cabinet meeting in September 2016.
Bins will be available to order in anticipation of the scheme in due course. This will be communicated to residents nearer the time.
Ensuring delivery of a “first rate service”
Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:
“Our new scheme will not only help us to close the financial gap left by the substantial loss in funding mentioned above, but it has been designed to ensure that we continue to deliver a first-rate service.
“The feedback from the consultation was extremely valuable to us, and I should like to thank all those residents who participated for taking the time to give us their views.
“Evidence from the consultation shows that a large proportion of residents will see no change in their bin size and for those who meet the criteria for larger bins exchanges will be arranged should they wish. In addition, where residents would like a larger bin, but do not meet the criteria, we will meet this request, but charges will/may be applicable.
“Change is never welcome but almost all councils now offer a service similar to the one we are moving to.
“What I can assure residents is that we have the quality of staff who will manage this transition efficiently, be available to address residents’ questions, and who will continue to deliver a service we can all be proud of.”
Full details on the new scheme and a frequently asked questions page will be available via www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018.
Final plans on ordering any additional or replacement bins will be announced when finalised.