Households in Amber Valley are being asked to take part in what
could be the biggest shake up of the recycling and waste collection
service in 8 years. The current contract is up for renewal in June
2013 and an online survey has started that asks people to give
their views about possible new collection arrangements, including
the types of containers used by the 55,000 households in the
Borough, to store what they recycle or throw away.
The five-minute online and paper survey asks people about what
methods of collection they would like to see for both their
recycling and rubbish in the future. It also asks about how many
wheeled bins they would be able and willing to store at their
The views will be used to help shape the new service when
discussions start with potential new contractors in March 2012. The
results of the survey could mean the biggest change to recycling
and waste collections since the existing system was introduced in
The current method in Amber Valley involves putting normal
household waste into a wheeled bin or purple bags and recyclable
materials, such as tins, glass, paper and cardboard into separate
boxes and bags.
Executive Director (Environmental Services), Julian Townsend,
said: "We want to discuss with contractors the several possible
solutions that could satisfy the need for an efficient, economic
and effective recycling and waste collection service. It is crucial
to strike the right balance between customer service, the
environment and cost, taking into account issues such as
convenience, frequency of collection, what materials are collected,
how they are collected and their quality. The results of the survey
will be given to potential contractors when we meet them for the
first time in March"
The consultation, which ends on February 24, also asks residents
if the Council should provide recycling bins on the street and
public places for products consumed on the go.
Discussions about the new service will continue up to autumn and
a final decision is expected in November.
Councillor Jack Brown MBE, Cabinet Member for Green and Thriving
Places to Live said: "This survey is the best chance in years for
people in Amber Valley to change or keep the way their recycling
and rubbish is collected from their homes. Bin and box collections
are the most visible front line service we provide. I am sure that
people will relish the chance to make a difference to the future of
this vital service but we want people's views from the outset of
the process as we start to talk to contractors."
The survey can be filled in online by following this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DontWasteYourChance
Paper copies are also available from Town Centre Offices
Notes to editors
Residents in Amber Valley currently use boxes and bags for
storing their recycling materials and a wheeled bin for their
rubbish. These are collected on alternate weeks. Items collected
currently include: normal household waste in green wheeled bins,
cans in orange boxes, glass in yellow boxes and paper and card
board in separate bags. The Council does not currently collect
plastic from households.
The existing collection contract, which is carried out for the
Council by Veolia, covers:
- the collection of household waste from approximately 54,640
- the collection of bulky household waste, on request;
- the collection of commercial waste on behalf of the Council
from approximately 900 customers;
- the collection of paper and card recycling from 175 commercial
- the collection of certain clinical waste;
- the collection of recyclables including the emptying of
recycling containers at bring sites located throughout the
- the collection of recyclables from individual households from
- and the collection of garden waste from 3,800 households as
part of a subscription service.
42 separate bring bank sites are currently located throughout
the borough offering a range of recycling options, including
In 2010/11, 27% of household waste was sent for reuse, recycling
or composting but 571Kg of rubbish was collected per household and
dumped in a hole in the ground. The options available to the
Council for dealing with residual waste through landfill are
reducing and becoming increasingly expensive.
For Further information please contact Luke Barrett,
Communications Manager 01773 841 655 email@example.com