Roll-Out Of New Cotswold Waste Service

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Roll-Out Of New Cotswold Waste Service

The roll-out of Cotswold District Council's new waste and recycling service has begun in earnest.

People who live in and around the three villages of Birdlip, Cowley and Coberley will be the first in the District to start using the new service in March.

Today (12th February), a letter is being delivered to them to prepare them for the changes, which include:
  • A new weekly collection of food waste for composting
  • An optional charged-for weekly collection of garden waste for composting
  • A new fortnightly collection of card and cardboard for recycling
  • The continuation of the current fortnightly collection of paper, glass, cans and tins for recycling
  • The collection of non-recyclable waste fortnightly in grey wheeled bins or in Council-supplied beige bin bags

Coberley resident Sarah Mattos is looking forward to the new collections.

“As a family, we already try to recycle and compost as much of our waste as possible,” said Sarah, a chiropractor and mother-of-two.

“The new collections of food waste and cardboard will mean that far less household rubbish from the Cotswolds will end up being buried at landfill sites. That's why I think the new service is good news for everyone.”

Later this month (from 26th February), households in the Birdlip, Cowley and Coberley area will receive their new receptacles, including a 10-litre food waste container and a reusable blue sack for card and cardboard.

Their first collections under the new service are due to be made on Tuesday, 11th March, with households across the rest of the District set to follow in April.

Roadshows will be held across the District to inform residents about the changes, starting in Birdlip, Cowley and Coberley on Monday, 10th March.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, the Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “I'm delighted that the new service is about to begin.
“With the help of our residents, we predict we can cut the amount of waste we bury at landfill sites by nearly a quarter and increase our recycling rate to around 60%.

“The new service involves significant changes to the way in which everyone's waste will be collected but the overwhelming majority of our residents are enthusiastic recyclers and they understand why we simply cannot continue to dump most of our rubbish in huge holes in the ground.”

Thousands of residents have already signed up for the new weekly collection of garden waste, which will cost £30 for an annual licence for a garden waste wheeled bin or £30 for a supply of 50 brown paper garden waste sacks.
The current free fortnightly collection of garden waste will stop when the new service is introduced. Anyone who has not yet indicated that they want to pay for the garden waste service can still do so by visiting www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/wastesurvey or by calling the Council's waste hotline on 01285 623123.

Posted : 12/02/2008 20:12:55

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