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New waste collection service begins on Monday

Blaby rebranded waste collection vehicle

The new alternate weekly Refuse and Recycling Service for residents in the District of Blaby begins from Monday.

Starting on 2nd July 2018, all households will have their waste collected on an alternate week basis, with recycling collected in one week, and refuse collected on the other week. Garden waste collections will remain the same.

Residents were provided with a bin hanger notice placed on their bin in June that included dates for collections up to the end of November.

Any residents who may not have received a notice can find dates for their property via www.blaby.gov.uk/collections.

Over 10,000 orders were received for bins between April and June and over 16,000 bins have now been distributed in time for the start of the new service.

An order window will be open until Thursday 30th August for residents who would like larger or additional bins once the new service is underway. Depending on household size, residents could be entitled to a free bin upgrade.

More information about the new service can be found by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018.

Consultation on waste collection changes opens

Blaby DC new vehicle rebrandA four-week consultation is to be launched on Blaby District Council’s plans to change its refuse and recycling collections from June 2018, following a substantial reduction in funding.

£740,000 will be lost from June 2018, including £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council. The remaining £235,000 of a five-year, £2 million Central Government grant awarded in 2013 to run weekly recycling collections will also come to an end.

The four-week consultation will run from Thursday 19 October and close at midnight on Friday 16 November. New proposals include:

  • Moving to an alternate weekly collection
  • All households with four or more occupants, eligible to receive a replacement 240 litre refuse bin and recycling bin free of charge, an increase from the current 140 litre standard bin.
  • Households under four persons can order a replacement 240ltr recycling bin for free, and a 240ltr refuse bin for a small one-off cost.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“We realise that these proposals will result in a change for residents, but we want to ensure that a high quality waste collection service is maintained as it is so highly regarded by residents.

“We have worked extremely hard to come up with the best possible proposals which will still enable us to provide a quality service, as well as maintaining the many other services which are equally valued by our residents.

“However we need to hear our resident’s views on the service that will work best for them from June 2018.

“Many might ask if we could simply increase our element of the Council Tax to make up this shortfall in funding. However, the Blaby District Council element of the total Council Tax that residents pay would need to be increased by over 15% to do this.

“Only 6% of councils now run a weekly collection service, and we will ensure that changes to our service are dictated by the overriding need to continue to provide a first rate service along with reducing waste to landfill and further increase the district’s recycling rate.

“I strongly encourage as many people as possible to let us know their views during the consultation period.”

Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018 to find out more and have their say.

Paper copies will be available at local libraries and on request.

All views will be gathered and taken into consideration before a final decision is made by Councillors at a meeting planned for early 2018.

Residents will be kept up-to-date with all future plans before full implementation of any changes in the summer of 2018.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Blaby District Council awarded funding to launch recycling incentive scheme

Bin it to win it [graphic]Over £145,000 of central government funding has been awarded to Blaby District Council to start a recycling reward scheme.

Bin It to Win It is a three-year campaign that will encourage residents not to put general waste material in the Council’s recycling bins, in order to improve the current contamination rate.

The campaign will also encourage residents to recycle more of their waste.

The campaign will begin in September with residents whose recycling bins are presented every collection day and contamination free throughout a four-week period entered into a prize draw to win a prize to the value of £30.

There will be ten winners of £30 every four weeks.

Prizes can be put towards a council tax rebate, garden bin, a months membership to The Pavilion Gym in Huncote, or a voucher which will be redeemable at many shops within the district.

Additionally, the two best performing Parish Councils will also be awarded £50 each every four weeks, which is redeemable against services purchased from the District Council.

Blaby District currently has a contamination rate of 7.00% but are looking to reduce this.

The council has been granted £145,182.50 from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from a fund for Councils to set up recycling reward schemes.

Cllr Guy Jackson
Cllr. Jackson: Recycling is important to us…

Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding as it gives us a long-term scheme to try and change residents’ habits.

“Recycling is extremely important for us and we support this with weekly collections.

“Not only will this help to reduce our contamination rate and increase recycling, but we hope it will leave a lasting impression on residents to use our recycling bins responsibly long after the campaign has ended.”

Bin hangers will be used to promote and remind people of the campaign closer to the launch.

For more information, details of the Bin It to Win It campaign can be found at www.blaby.gov.uk.


Enderby waste company wins major processing contract

Casepak wagonCasepak, the recycling company with its head office in Enderby has extended a deal to process household rubbish for a council.

It will process 7,000 tonnes of loose material and 5,000 tonnes of baled materials over the next year for Cardiff County Council, with an option to extend the contract.

The waste will be processed at its £321 million recycling plant in Braunstone Frith Industrial Estate.

The recycling facility – the most technologically advanced of its kind in the UK – opened in 2012, creating 100 jobs.

It can process up to 150,000 tonnes of material a year, recycling 95 per cent – much of it sold back into manufacturing.

Casepak has been working with the Welsh council for more than three years and the new contract is a continuation of that work.

All the material will be collected by Cardiff County Council’s kerbside collection service and sent to Leicester for processing.

Casepak business development director Georgina Cullen is reported as saying:

“I am delighted Cardiff County Council has extended its contract with Casepak.

“The recycling facility is a competitive, efficient and effective solution for local authorities seeking to increase and improve their household recycling rate.

“It shows that a well-run recycling facility can make a real difference.”

Casepak was launched in 1972 by George Smith, who died last September. Originally a second-hand carton business, it expanded into recycling, winning contracts across the Midlands from box makers, printers and newspaper companies.

In 1997, Casepak moved to Enderby, processing 144,000 tonnes of recycled material every year, and opened the Braunstone Frith site 15 years later. It now employs more than 200 people and was Leicestershire Business of the Year in 2012.

Source article: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Casepak-Enderby-wins-major-waste-processing/story-22889372-detail/story.html#ixzz3DOghkf8S

Recycle your IT equipment

recycle ITEver wondered what to do with your old, unused computer?

Age UK have launched a new computer recycling service that allows you to get rid of your old computer securely and locally whilst also donating to Age UK!

To recycle your computer, visit the Age UK ‘Recycle IT’ page and enter the details of the product you’d like to donate.

The Consumer Buyback Services will work out the value of your product and donate the money straight to Age UK!

You can then drop off your computer at a shop convenient for you.

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Visit the Age UK ‘Recycle IT ‘  page.