CLLR Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for the Environment, told the plenary meeting on Wednesday July 27 that plans to introduce weekly food waste collections and other improvements to household waste services to boost recycling have been suspended until 2023.
Cllr Jefferies said: “All of the improvements we are planning will benefit the environment by helping us all recycle more while reducing the impact of waste collection and disposal on our carbon footprint. The postponement will help us ensure that our plans are in line with government guidelines, offer the best possible solutions to increase recycling rates in the long term and allow us to carry out exciting educational projects in schools on the importance recycling in the meantime.
“We originally planned to make the changes highlighted in the 10-year municipal waste management strategy in September, but with the government set to publish a set of guidelines for local authority waste management later this year, we have decided to push back this date to ensure that our plans meet the new legal obligations.
“Another advantage of waiting until 2023 to introduce the changes is that we will be able to access the government’s ‘New Burdens Fund’ which will cover the costs of the changes we need to make to the refuse collection service, which will come as and as a result of the new orientation.
“In the meantime, we will continue to innovate and improve our waste services to encourage residents to recycle as much as possible while maintaining current dry recycling, yard waste and food and general garbage collections. »