Bournemouth Considers Move To Fortnightly Waste Collections

bournemouth-waste-collectionsBournemouth Borough Council is considering moving from a weekly residual waste collection to a fortnightly service under plans which are hoped to save the council half a million pounds.

If approved, the plans will see householders – excluding flats – have residual waste collected one week and recycling the following week, according to reports by the Daily Echo, and would be rolled out from April next year.

Food waste will continue to be collected weekly, with all households given the option to upgrade to a larger 23-litre food caddy.

“Both Dorset and Poole now operate fortnightly collections of rubbish and have seen positive improvements to their recycling performance.”

An assessment will take place next summer to see which flats would be able to accommodate alternate collections.

Larry Austin, service director for environment, said: “Both Dorset and Poole now operate fortnightly collections of rubbish and have seen positive improvements to their recycling performance.”

The switch from weekly to fortnightly bin collections will eventually save around £495,000 per year, claimed Mr Austin, saying each tonne of black bin waste costs the council around £75 more to treat, compared to the equivalent weight of recycled waste.

The proposals would also see the number of refuse vehicles used to cover collections reduced.

Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for cleansing and waste, said: “We continue to make every effort to protect those frontline services which are valued by residents, but the scale of the savings required means we have to consider changes in the way some services are delivered.”

Councillors will also be asked to support a review of relevant waste policies, including additional bins, excess waste, Bank Holiday collections and Christmas tree collections.

Most recently, Coventry has been among a number of councils proposing a reduced frequency collection of residual waste.

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