Wirral Council Consults On Three Weekly Waste Collections

wirral-councilA six-week consultation is now underway for residents of the Wirral to have their say on proposals to change how domestic waste is collected to best accommodate a new food recycling service.

Residents are being asked to comment on two options – either to keep the existing 240 litre green bin, but have this collected every three weeks or replace the existing bin with a new 140 litre, smaller green bin that is collected on the current two-week schedule.

The new food recycling service will mean all food waste from Wirral households is collected every week.

“Our current recycling rate stands at 36% so it is easy to see why we need to significantly change how we currently do things – and quickly – to get us to 50%.”

Cllr Bernie Mooney, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “We are asking residents to make a straight choice on a change to how we collect residual waste – that’s the stuff we send to landfill. However, there is also an opportunity with this consultation for people to give us feedback on the decision to introduce a food recycling service.

“What we have to make clear, though, is that there is no ‘do nothing’ option. By 2020 we need to be recycling 50% of all household waste in Wirral, which means we need to reduce residual waste by 16,000 tonnes. If we fail to meet that target we may face fines from the government and the levy we pay for our waste disposal and treatment will rise significantly from the current £15.4m each year.

“Our current recycling rate stands at 36% so it is easy to see why we need to significantly change how we currently do things – and quickly – to get us to 50%.”

Cllr Mooney said: “The evidence we’ve seen in Wirral is that 40% of the rubbish that goes into the residual waste bin is food, so investing in a food recycling collection service is a logical step. Many other councils collected food for recycling. Those councils have seen recycling rates improve dramatically and they send a good deal less waste to landfill.

“Recycling leftover food is the right thing to do for the environment. Rotting food in landfill generates methane, which is a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide and which contributes to climate change. The food that will be collected will be taken to a special processing plant in Widnes, which will result in it generating renewable energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser that can be used to grow more food.”

The food recycling service will see residents given a small caddy to keep in their kitchen to collect food along with a supply of liner bags. They will also get a small container to place the bagged food waste in throughout the week and this container can then be left out for collection every week alongside whatever other bin is due for collection that day.

To take part, please visit the Wirral Council website for more details and to have your say in the consultation.

Details of the proposals – and a short questionnaire for residents to complete – are now online at the Council website. The consultation will run until September 9, 2016.

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