|Council to consider major refuse and recycling changes
Wigan Council’s Cabinet will next week (18th August) consider proposals to modernise the borough’s refuse collection and recycling arrangements services.
Officers are recommending that Wigan follows the lead already taken by many local authorities and introduces ‘managed’ weekly collections from autumn 2012.
Under the proposals, services will be re-shaped to ensure that weekly kerbside collections can be maintained and recycling rates improved at a time when the council is being forced to make cuts of £66 million in the next four years.
Black bins would be emptied one week, and food and garden waste the next from all properties, all year round. Householders would also enjoy greater choice in recycling services.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Communities, explains:
“We are striving to find the right balance between meeting householders’ needs, improving recycling performance and providing value for money.
“The proposals make financial sense. It’s much cheaper to recycle and treat waste than to send it to landfill, and adopting modern practices would avoid costs of up to £14 million by 2020.
“The proposals also make environmental sense. Sending less waste to landfill means fewer problems down the line for our children, natural habitats protected not polluted, fewer greenhouse gases and even more waste recycled into new products.
“Finally, improved customer service is also at the heart of the proposals. There’ll be more choice for residents and greater recycling opportunities for everybody, yet still only four bins.
“We also recognise that space will be an issue for some households, so we’ll be offering a choice of smaller bins and paper sacks as well.
“Many local authorities already operate similar models successfully. We can’t afford not to.”
Wigan Council has increased kerbside collections massively in recent years. Residents now have fortnightly collections for garden waste and for cans, glass and plastic recyclables.