New talks set on waste collection

Swindon Advertiser: A meeting will take place in January asking the council to reconsider waste collection changes A meeting will take place in January asking the council to reconsider waste collection changes

A SPECIAL meeting asking council bosses to reconsider changes to the borough’s green waste and recycling is set to take place in the New Year.

At the council’s scrutiny committee on December 16, councillors agreed to refer changes to the household waste collection service back to cabinet for further consideration.

Concerns were raised about the financial impact of the plans.

On December 11 Cabinet voted to pass plans which will see residents paying £40 a year for their green waste and people’s recycling being collected fortnightly rather than weekly.

It is hoped this will save the authority about £1.2m.

Queries at the scrutiny meeting were raised about whether the assessment of savings takes into account all implementation costs, including costs relating to revenue collection, current service decoupling, setting up the new service, other operational overheads, and the impact on cost savings of any increase in landfill charges resulting from the disposal of recyclable waste via the waste collection service.

A more detailed financial report is going before Cabinet on Thursday, January 2.

For more information visit ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/g6327/Public%20reports%20pack%2002nd-Jan-2014%2018.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10.

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1:32pm Fri 27 Dec 13

beach1e says...

this council is excellent at wasting hard working decent people's money, this council doesn't have a clue about value for money. You would think it would be very easy to identify projects that don't give value for money and cut any provision for them. Unfortunately this council always takes the easy route and cuts services to those that pay for them rather than those that are subsidised to the hilt.
this council is excellent at wasting hard working decent people's money, this council doesn't have a clue about value for money. You would think it would be very easy to identify projects that don't give value for money and cut any provision for them. Unfortunately this council always takes the easy route and cuts services to those that pay for them rather than those that are subsidised to the hilt. beach1e

2:59pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

Fortnightly collections is not going to be enough. My average nuclear family with pets does fine with the current arragements but will struggle with the new ones if brought in. Our 2 boxes will be overflowing unless i get rid of it elsewhere which will be in public bins and won't be getting re-cycled then.
I'm sure people will dump rubbish and green waste and the town will get messier.
Fortnightly collections is not going to be enough. My average nuclear family with pets does fine with the current arragements but will struggle with the new ones if brought in. Our 2 boxes will be overflowing unless i get rid of it elsewhere which will be in public bins and won't be getting re-cycled then. I'm sure people will dump rubbish and green waste and the town will get messier. Davey Gravey

4:33pm Fri 27 Dec 13

swinres says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Fortnightly collections is not going to be enough. My average nuclear family with pets does fine with the current arragements but will struggle with the new ones if brought in. Our 2 boxes will be overflowing unless i get rid of it elsewhere which will be in public bins and won't be getting re-cycled then.
I'm sure people will dump rubbish and green waste and the town will get messier.
I have to agree, I fill one box a week which I have to keep indoors then carry it out through narrow doors which is awkward. I am not having two of those useless boxes to deal with so the council better decide which items they want recycled, tins, glass, or paper because the surplus is going in the bin.

Other councils have a green wheelie bin which is a much better idea instead of the boxes with ill fitting lids which break and blow all over the street then have to be carried back through the house often dripping wet.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Fortnightly collections is not going to be enough. My average nuclear family with pets does fine with the current arragements but will struggle with the new ones if brought in. Our 2 boxes will be overflowing unless i get rid of it elsewhere which will be in public bins and won't be getting re-cycled then. I'm sure people will dump rubbish and green waste and the town will get messier.[/p][/quote]I have to agree, I fill one box a week which I have to keep indoors then carry it out through narrow doors which is awkward. I am not having two of those useless boxes to deal with so the council better decide which items they want recycled, tins, glass, or paper because the surplus is going in the bin. Other councils have a green wheelie bin which is a much better idea instead of the boxes with ill fitting lids which break and blow all over the street then have to be carried back through the house often dripping wet. swinres

6:57pm Mon 30 Dec 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Quote " It is hoped this will save the authority about £1.2m. "

How are they going to measure the savings?

And when it doesn't save that amount of money, who will be held accountable; because we all know who will pick up the difference and that is the tax payers?
Quote " It is hoped this will save the authority about £1.2m. " How are they going to measure the savings? And when it doesn't save that amount of money, who will be held accountable; because we all know who will pick up the difference and that is the tax payers? LordAshOfTheBrake

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