Recycling changes to come as council approves £49m contract

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 July 2016

Bins will be used for garden waste if the council approves the new waste contract.

Bins will be used for garden waste if the council approves the new waste contract.

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People in North Somerset will soon require residents’ permits to visit the tip, bins to dispose of garden waste, and will be charged to get rid of DIY waste after a contract worth £49million was agreed between North Somerset Council and Biffa.

The seven-year contract was recommended for approval by council officers, and councillors gave it the green light at their most recent meeting on Tuesday.

The contract means proposals to charge people £20 to purchase a green bin – which have been opposed by a number of councillors and residents – will now become a reality, as will the ability to use webcams to check queues at tips and see where rubbish vehicles are on their routes via tracking devices.

Other changes include recycling a greater range of items, such as small appliances at the kerbside and hard plastics at tips.

Recycling facilities for flats and communal buildings will also be improved with the introduction of food waste recycling at these properties.

The new contract is significantly more expensive than the council’s previous deal with Kier, which was worth £5.2million per year.

However, the council says a cost increase was necessary due to the falling value of recyclable materials and pointed out Kier was losing £1.5million per year under the old contract as a result of this.

The council’s executive member for recycling and waste, Peter Bryant, told Tuesday’s meeting: “I am extremely delighted to bring this report to the council.

“It recognises the culmination of a tremendous amount of work we have done in the past year to secure a new contract for waste and recycling collections.

“We started this process knowing we had a great service which we wanted to maintain and improve. But we also knew the market and economic circumstances meant it would be inevitable the new contract would be more expensive.”

Weston Central ward councillor Mike Bell said it was important to remind people about recycling and collection days so further money could be saved.

He told the meeting: “I think it is really important we keep hammering home the message that this costs an enormous amount of money and if people resisted the temptation to put bags out on the wrong day – and they recycled – we will save a lot of money.”


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