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District Council agrees refuse and recycling changes

Blaby DC new vehicle rebrandPlans 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:

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr. Richardson

“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.

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]

District Council to consult on Refuse and Recycling proposals

Following the meeting of Blaby District Council on Tuesday 19th September, the Council are now finalising the consultation which they hope will get as much resident response as possible.

The Council has not yet made a decision to make alterations to the manner in which refuse and recycling is collected. However, as reported, it is something that is currently being considered.

The District Council wishes to consult on, amongst other things, that the current weekly refuse and recycling service will change from its current configuration to one of an alternate weekly basis. This means that one week refuse will be collected and the alternate week the recycling will be collected

Going forward, the Council says it wants to ensure that residents receive a sustainable, quality refuse and recycling service.

In order to do this, the Council need residents to tell them both about their current situation and what might work best for them.

The new scheme proposals are designed to make necessary savings for the Council but also to encourage residents to recycle more.

The history…

In November 2012 Blaby District Council was successful in being awarded
£2M funding from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to
carry out weekly refuse and recycling collections from June 2013 for a period
of 5 years.

This funding enabled the Council to purchase 5 new recycling
vehicles, additional recycling bins and allowed £235K per year to underpin the
revenue cost of weekly collections. The final £235K of revenue funding ends
in March 2017/18 financial year.

In September 2016 Leicestershire County Council (LCC) Cabinet agreed to
use their statutory powers of direction to procure capacity for all
Leicestershire Waste Collection Authorities and direct them to use it when
their current arrangements end.

Blaby District Council’s current arrangement for processing dry recycling is with Casepak and this ends on 31st May 2018.

Once LCC use their powers of direction, they no longer have to pay Dry Recycling Credits to each Waste Collection Authority. For Blaby District Council this means a loss in income of £505K per year. This coupled with the loss of the revenue funding from DEFRA means that the Council’s Refuse and Recycling Service will lose £740K of funding per year.

In addition the Council currently provides a number of ‘bring sites’ which are community recycling facilities to support the current recycling service. A feasibility study of these sites will be considered as part of this project to assess future need.

Larger bins

The District Council wishes to stress that current plans include giving residents the option to upgrade their bin from the standard 140ltr to 240ltr.

The proposal is that there will be increased capacity for recycling with the issue of larger recycling bins at no cost to residents should they require the extra capacity.

Look out for more information on the consultation to have your say.

When the consultation launches there will be a FAQ, online form and details of plans.

The Council say they are in the early stage of proposing the changes and residents input into that ‘redesign’ is very important to them.

Those affected can view the proposals discussed at Tuesday’s meeting by viewing the public document and reading from page 19.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications and Council Agenda item 11 (19th September 2017)]

Council depot on the move

Blaby DC new depot - artists impressionBlaby District Council’s Neighbourhood Services will be making the short journey from Littlethorpe to Whetstone as the service relocates to a modern, 21st century depot.

The Council will be moving its service from the existing base to the new yard next to the County Council-run Whetstone Tip on Enderby Road.

Wates Construction began building the new Depot in January this year after planning permission had been approved in late 2015.

The completion date is anticipated to be sometime in late summer 2016.

The existing Depot has been located at Warwick Road, Littlethorpe for over 60 years and was in need of considerable re-investment to bring it up to current standards, along with the current depot lying within an existing residential area.

Relocation was sought in order to maintain the Council’s excellent reputation for refuse and recycling and other depot related services.

The Refuse and Recycling service is highly regarded by residents with the most recent Residents Survey revealing that 97% of respondents were satisfied with the service.

Enderby Road industrial estate was considered the most convenient and efficient location.

The new depot will contain an administration area, operational staff facilities including a changing/shower block and a fully equipped Training Room.

There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“I’m proud that we have finally managed to start work on our new depot.

“The modernisation will enable us to adapt to the inevitable changes in the coming decades.

“I hope that our investment in the future of such an important and well-regarded service for our residents emphasises the commitment that the Council has to our outstanding Neighbourhood Services team.”

The Council’s social media and website will have the latest news and images on the depot’s construction through to scheduled opening later this year.

Visit www.twitter.com/blabydc or www.facebook.com/blabydc to stay up to date.

Blaby DC new depot under construction
New depot under construction
New Whetstone Depot - artists impression
New Whetstone Depot – artists impression

New recycling scheme is success

waste recycle collection wagonThe Council’s new recycling scheme is proving a success after the amount of recycling collected from residents has increased, and positive feedback comes in from the local community.

The scheme, which launched on Monday June 3, asks residents to put all their recycling into one green lidded bin rather than separating into different boxes. Recycling collections have also increased from fortnightly to weekly.

Around 400 tonnes of mixed recyclate has been collected over the first two weeks, which is over 30 tonnes more than the same fortnight last year.

Mrs Kirby of Fairview Avenue, Whetstone, said:

“So glad there are now only two bins, no more sorting out the recycling into different containers and lots more space. It’s now a breeze and no more confusion with what needs to be put out when.”

Mr Briggs of Saville Road, Blaby, said:

“Very pleased with the change to a weekly recycling scheme and having all the recycling in one container making it easier and less confusing for all. The new stickers on the bins are really comprehensive.”

Contamination of bins has been low, with the main contaminants being green waste, textiles and small electrical equipment.

Residents are asked to use the garden waste bins for green waste or take to the tip.

Textiles and small electrical equipment are to be put in the Mind bag and put out alongside the green lidded recycling bin for collection by Mind.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“The new scheme means there is less sorting of rubbish, no lifting of boxes and less vehicles on the road each week. I’m pleased to see residents are already reaping the benefits of the new scheme and good to see the amount of recycling going up.”

Residents that have not had their old unwanted recycling boxes collected are asked to put them out on their normal collection, a crew will be travelling around the district collecting up those boxes.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk , email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7555.