Plans for wheeled bin service in the Cotswolds

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Plans for wheeled bin service in the Cotswolds

Wheeled bins for general household waste are set to be rolled out across the Cotswolds from this autumn.

Cotswold District Council's Cabinet today voted to approve plans to replace the current kerbside collection of an unlimited number of black bags with a wheeled bin service.

But councillors assured residents that special arrangements would be made for householders unable to cope with a wheeled bin.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio holder for Development Services and the Environment, said: "It is extremely important that we have a collection service that increases the amount of recycling and reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.

"We are already promoting home composting which, alongside our green waste collection service, is continuing to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

"The key is to introduce a wheeled bin service. It will be of great benefit as it will contain waste within bins, will have health and safety benefits for those who collect the rubbish and prevent animals from generating unwanted litter by ripping bags open.

The Council is also looking into the possibility of making separate kerbside collections of cardboard and kitchen waste.

Cllr Tufnell added: "The County Council is not yet at the stage where they can make a firm commitment to an In Vessel Composter facility which can deal with kitchen waste. We need to retain a degree of flexibility in our plans so that we can collect waste in a mixture required by the County Council, who are the disposal authority."

Kerbside collection of plastic bottles remains uneconomic but the District Council will be making it easier for residents to recycle. Plastic bottle banks are currently available at 21 of the District's 52 recycling bank sites and more are to be introduced.

"Increasing the number of plastic recycling banks is a much more cost-effective solution than providing a kerbside collection of plastic bottles," added Cllr Tufnell.

Cotswold residents are already taking the recycling message on board, with rates in the District topping 42 per cent.

Council Leader, Cllr Lynden Stowe said: "We are already top of the recycling league in the county - and that's where we very much want to stay.

"This is the next step in continuing to deliver top quality waste collection services for the people of the Cotswolds, while keeping as much waste as possible out of landfill."

Posted : 18/01/2007 16:24:16

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