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Council To Look At Waste Collection Options

Borough of Poole is recommending that members review the council’s waste collection strategy.

A report being presented to Poole's Environment Overview and Scrutiny on Thursday 11 July requests that officers recommend to Cabinet looking at two options as the council aims to increase its recycling rate.

Borough of Poole currently recycles 40.2% of its waste, just below the national average of 43.6%. It is felt that if the method of waste collection remains the same, we are unlikely to improve and therefore it is necessary to look at changing the way residents' waste is collected in Poole.

The first option would see compulsory bin swaps introduced across every household in Poole. Working ward by ward, every household currently with a large black bin and a small blue bin would be given a large blue bin and a smaller black bin instead. Residents would then have increased recycling capacity and decreased black bin capacity therefore encouraging increased participation in recycling.

The second option would see the introduction of a weekly food collection service. Residents would receive compulsory bin swaps and black bin collections would become fortnightly. Each property could be provided with a food waste caddy for collection of food waste inside the home as well as a larger caddy kept outside to transfer waste into and to be put out on collection day. Every property’s bins would also be swapped to a large blue bin and a smaller black bin. The recycling rate would be expected to increase significantly from the current rate.

Shaun Robson, Head of Environmental and Consumer Protection Services, Borough of Poole, said: "We know that a lot of what goes into black bins could be recycled or composted, particularly food waste. At a time when we are facing challenges to protect the environment and save money, it is vital that we look at all options available to us.

"The options being recommended to members would see all residents receiving a bin swap giving them much greater capacity for recycling. We are also looking at the option of introducing a weekly food collection service with fortnightly black and blue bin collections. This option has proved very successful in other areas with over 59% of local authorities in England now using the alternate weekly collection system.

"Detailed work needs to be carried out by officers before a final decision can be made and we hope that members and residents will engage fully in this process to help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill in the future. This makes sense for both the environment and the budget."

If members of Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee vote in favour of the decision, the recommendation to develop the business case for each option will go to Cabinet on 10 September.