Don’t waste your chance to talk about your bins!

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 property.

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 2005.

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 properties;
  • 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 premises;
  • the collection of certain clinical waste;
  • the collection of recyclables including the emptying of recycling containers at bring sites located throughout the Council's area;
  • the collection of recyclables from individual households from the kerbside;
  • 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 plastics.

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 luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

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