Community meeting on B&HCC's Communal Recycling Bins proposals

8pm Tuesday 19 March at St Michael's Church, Victoria Road

By Adam Jones

 Jan Jonker, Cityclean's Head of Strategy and Projects and Alan Steeden, project officer, will present, as part of the Council's consultation exercise, their proposals to introduce communal recycling bins in the city centre.

According to the Council ‘These proposals follow the success of a trial project in Brunswick and Adelaide ward last year. The trial of 3,200 households resulted in a huge increase in the amount of material collected for recycling - up by 70%. This resulted in the recycling rate for the ward soaring from 12.5% to 21%. A survey carried out at the end of the trial also showed the scheme was popular with residents with 64% of those responding saying they felt communal recycling was easier to use than the black box scheme. In addition, 35% of people said they had recycled more while 78% said the streets looked better without the black boxes.

The council’s proposals would see communal bins for mixed recycling (paper, card, cans and plastic bottles) placed in most city centre streets, near to communal refuse bins. The recycling bins would be smaller than the refuse bins and held in place with fixing posts. Separate glass bins would be located further away from domestic properties. Proposals also include setting up 12 new recycling points along the seafront. The £840,000 grant, from the DCLG’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme covers the cost of the entire scheme from consultation to buying two new collection vehicles and a maintenance van, and 700 communal recycling bins. With the grant funding covering the set up costs, the scheme is expected to result in revenue savings of £887,000 in the first six years.

Cllr Pete West, chair of the Environment and Sustainability committee said: 'We are delighted to have the opportunity to consult thousands of city centre households and find out whether they would support a communal recycling scheme. Increasing recycling rates is a top priority for us and we are constantly looking for new ways to make it easier for our residents to reduce their waste. Results of the pilot scheme in Brunswick and Adelaide show that communal recycling works well in densely populated areas of the city and residents have told us that communal bins make it easier for them to recycle and helps keep the streets cleaner.'


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