Biffa has announced that the current 35,000-plus members of its five Green Waste Clubs have recycled 50,000 tonnes of garden waste that might otherwise have been consigned to landfill.
Green waste collections are popular with local authorities as they contribute to the weight of collection tonnages recorded for inclusion in councils’ statutory reporting. As such, green waste can contribute valuable percentage points to a council’s overall recycling rate.
Collecting and recycling garden waste also means that local authorities directly reduce the cost of waste going to landfill or other disposal, and indirectly help cut the production, and effect, of methane gas.
Biffa development director Pete Dickson says shrinking public sector budgets mean many local authorities face tough decisions about restricting or abolishing local services.
“Rather than ending green waste collections outright, councils can adopt our Green Waste Club service as a way of cutting costs while maintaining a local service that many residents value”
Four Green Waste Clubs are with Biffa client authorities (Arun District Council, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, and Portsmouth City Council) while the fifth is run as a stand-alone operation in the East Northamptonshire Council area.
“While most waste-related services are mandatory for a local council, it is not legally obliged to collect garden or green waste separately and free of charge,” explains Dickson. “Rather than ending green waste collections outright, councils can adopt our Green Waste Club service as a way of cutting costs while maintaining a local service that many residents value.”
He added that residents can then decide whether they subscribe directly to the Green Waste Club and have their garden waste collected at the kerbside. “We believe this is a fairer and more equitable arrangement as some residents don’t have gardens and therefore shouldn’t have to contribute through council tax for a service that benefits others,” explained Dickson.
Members can also benefit from discount offers on garden-related equipment. The Club has linked with Grassroots to offer its pure@home shopping reward card, which lets a Green Waste Club member shop at over 50 well-known participating High Street retailers and supermarkets, and earn attractive rebates for any purchases made with the pure@home card.