South Bucks District Council looking to roll-out fortnightly rubbish collections

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FORTNIGHTLY rubbish collections could soon be introduced in Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross as a council bids to improve its low recycling rate.

Government stats show South Bucks District Council ranks in the bottom quarter of local authorities for recycling, with its rate actually dropping slightly since 2009.

Most homes in the district still get their rubbish collected in black bin bags every week, with paper, cans and plastic bottles picked up once a fortnight.

However, food and garden waste is only collected from 5,400 homes in the Denham area, which is part of a trial benefitting from a Government grant.

These homes have had bin bags replaced by two wheelie bins, to separate landfill rubbish from waste which can be composted. These bins are collected on alternate weeks to "help you deal with your rubbish in a more positive way".

The trial area has achieved a "fantastic" recycling rate of about 50 per cent, so the Conservative council is looking to roll this out across the district.

Cllr Nick Naylor, the council’s cabinet member for environment, told the Bucks Free Press: "Around 34 per cent of the waste we collect in the district is recycled and composted and we are aware that we are not one of the top performing authorities.

"An alternative collection service has been introduced in part of the district which has the potential to yield recycling rates of over 50 per cent. We are working with members and our contractor to introduce a similar service district wide..."

The BFP asked what council tax increase would be needed to pay for the wheelie bin rollout, but Cllr Naylor said the costs of the initiative have not yet been discussed.

Fortnightly rubbish collections have proved controversial in some areas. In November, Tory local government minister Eric Pickles described weekly collections as a "basic public service" and warned councils which fail to maintain or restore weekly collections could see their funding cut.

But recent stats from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) suggest the 10 councils with the biggest increases in recycling last year had recently brought in fortnightly refuse collections and food waste recycling.

Responding to the figures Julian Kirby, waste and resources campaigner at Friends of the Earth, told a national newspaper: "It’s obvious that fortnightly collections boost recycling and save councils money. The sad thing about this is that it’s like having to argue about people causing climate change."

The recycling rate for SBDC has fallen by about one per cent since 2009, which is partly due to the economic downturn having a bigger impact on recyclables.

But the reduction is a blow to the council’s ambition to recycle and compost 60 per cent of waste by 2025.

SBDC ranked 289th out of 352 councils for recycling in 2011/12, though plastic bottle collections have only recently started so are yet to show through in the figures.

The council is also trying to create a waste transfer site at Dropmore Road Depot in Burnham which would help its recycling operations.

Wycombe and Chiltern district councils have already introduced the black and green wheelie bin system in most areas, and recycled 42 and 47 per cent of waste last year respectively.

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3:50pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Emma179 says...

Until supermarkets produce food in less packaging, this is a really bad idea. We have a compost heap, recycle all the bits we can and use reusuable nappies but with a family of 5, still need a weekly rubbish collection (unless we give up eating)?!
Until supermarkets produce food in less packaging, this is a really bad idea. We have a compost heap, recycle all the bits we can and use reusuable nappies but with a family of 5, still need a weekly rubbish collection (unless we give up eating)?! Emma179
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4:38pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Seems to work quite well on "The Hill" however the smell in the summer can be a bit... err... RIPE! The rats do love it though.

I'm amazed by the amount of plastic I can recycle... don't do many tins however when are they going to collect glass?
Seems to work quite well on "The Hill" however the smell in the summer can be a bit... err... RIPE! The rats do love it though. I'm amazed by the amount of plastic I can recycle... don't do many tins however when are they going to collect glass? Mr Totterdge Hill
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5:07pm Wed 23 Jan 13

pennman says...

we have had one collection a fortnight for a few years now and it really does make you recycle more. If only less packaging were used in the first place. Even cucumbers are wrapped in plastic now when they have a perfectly good, natural wrapper.
we have had one collection a fortnight for a few years now and it really does make you recycle more. If only less packaging were used in the first place. Even cucumbers are wrapped in plastic now when they have a perfectly good, natural wrapper. pennman
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5:10pm Wed 23 Jan 13

miccles says...

pennman wrote:
we have had one collection a fortnight for a few years now and it really does make you recycle more. If only less packaging were used in the first place. Even cucumbers are wrapped in plastic now when they have a perfectly good, natural wrapper.
I totally agree, i was dead against the fortnightly collection when it started, but you soon adapt, and the amouny i recycle now, i've even surprised myself.
[quote][p][bold]pennman[/bold] wrote: we have had one collection a fortnight for a few years now and it really does make you recycle more. If only less packaging were used in the first place. Even cucumbers are wrapped in plastic now when they have a perfectly good, natural wrapper.[/p][/quote]I totally agree, i was dead against the fortnightly collection when it started, but you soon adapt, and the amouny i recycle now, i've even surprised myself. miccles
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5:12pm Wed 23 Jan 13

miccles says...

miccles wrote:
pennman wrote:
we have had one collection a fortnight for a few years now and it really does make you recycle more. If only less packaging were used in the first place. Even cucumbers are wrapped in plastic now when they have a perfectly good, natural wrapper.
I totally agree, i was dead against the fortnightly collection when it started, but you soon adapt, and the amouny i recycle now, i've even surprised myself.
amouny, should read "amount"
[quote][p][bold]miccles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pennman[/bold] wrote: we have had one collection a fortnight for a few years now and it really does make you recycle more. If only less packaging were used in the first place. Even cucumbers are wrapped in plastic now when they have a perfectly good, natural wrapper.[/p][/quote]I totally agree, i was dead against the fortnightly collection when it started, but you soon adapt, and the amouny i recycle now, i've even surprised myself.[/p][/quote]amouny, should read "amount" miccles
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6:14pm Wed 23 Jan 13

chris740 says...

i will never recycle again .
im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round.

ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again.

when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away
i will never recycle again . im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round. ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again. when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away chris740
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8:53am Thu 24 Jan 13

frank4x4 says...

Was it not announced recently that the 'Government' were going to insist that all Councils revert to weekly Refuse Collection? When it snows the Refuse & Recycling Collectors seem to abandon our area & the ice covered, pothole infested, over-spill car-park, log jammed narrow cul de sac. Recycling has little to do with the means, it is all about the attitude to it. We have been on Glass Plastic & Paper recycling since Test Areas were introduced. Phone SBDC and ask for your Boxes, they are free. Just take a walk along a road on 'Bins Day' and it is clear to see those who do bother to recycle and those who clearly do not.
Was it not announced recently that the 'Government' were going to insist that all Councils revert to weekly Refuse Collection? When it snows the Refuse & Recycling Collectors seem to abandon our area & the ice covered, pothole infested, over-spill car-park, log jammed narrow cul de sac. Recycling has little to do with the means, it is all about the attitude to it. We have been on Glass Plastic & Paper recycling since Test Areas were introduced. Phone SBDC and ask for your Boxes, they are free. Just take a walk along a road on 'Bins Day' and it is clear to see those who do bother to recycle and those who clearly do not. frank4x4
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10:25am Thu 24 Jan 13

Stand up for England says...

chris740 wrote:
i will never recycle again .
im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round.

ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again.

when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away
what I did was pick up what they had left behind, put it in a black bag and took it to WDC reception. Asked for the chief financial officer, as he's the one I pay my rates to, and was told he wasn't available. Then said to the receptionist, "I'm sorry then love, this is yours then" and tipped the lot on her desk. Won't change anything but I did feel better. ... :-) .. don't get mad, get even !!
[quote][p][bold]chris740[/bold] wrote: i will never recycle again . im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round. ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again. when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away[/p][/quote]what I did was pick up what they had left behind, put it in a black bag and took it to WDC reception. Asked for the chief financial officer, as he's the one I pay my rates to, and was told he wasn't available. Then said to the receptionist, "I'm sorry then love, this is yours then" and tipped the lot on her desk. Won't change anything but I did feel better. ... :-) .. don't get mad, get even !! Stand up for England
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11:24am Thu 24 Jan 13

MCarey says...

here is Hazlemere we have had this service for many years and it is fine, recycling doesnt take long so the more people doing it the better.
here is Hazlemere we have had this service for many years and it is fine, recycling doesnt take long so the more people doing it the better. MCarey
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11:59am Thu 24 Jan 13

demoness the second says...

Stand up for England wrote:
chris740 wrote:
i will never recycle again .
im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round.

ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again.

when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away
what I did was pick up what they had left behind, put it in a black bag and took it to WDC reception. Asked for the chief financial officer, as he's the one I pay my rates to, and was told he wasn't available. Then said to the receptionist, "I'm sorry then love, this is yours then" and tipped the lot on her desk. Won't change anything but I did feel better. ... :-) .. don't get mad, get even !!
So you got even with the receptionist who then probably had to spend a long time clearing up your petulance.Does she make the rules about waste?

Classy..
Not
[quote][p][bold]Stand up for England[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris740[/bold] wrote: i will never recycle again . im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round. ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again. when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away[/p][/quote]what I did was pick up what they had left behind, put it in a black bag and took it to WDC reception. Asked for the chief financial officer, as he's the one I pay my rates to, and was told he wasn't available. Then said to the receptionist, "I'm sorry then love, this is yours then" and tipped the lot on her desk. Won't change anything but I did feel better. ... :-) .. don't get mad, get even !![/p][/quote]So you got even with the receptionist who then probably had to spend a long time clearing up your petulance.Does she make the rules about waste? Classy.. Not demoness the second
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12:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

pennman says...

i regularly pick up litter on the pavements in Penn and in the woodlands. I'm not a Womble, but it does make me feel better. No need to tip it over someone's desk- it's not her fault. It's just rude.
i regularly pick up litter on the pavements in Penn and in the woodlands. I'm not a Womble, but it does make me feel better. No need to tip it over someone's desk- it's not her fault. It's just rude. pennman
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1:31pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Flackwell says...

Do we get a reduced rates bill ?

or will the money saved be wasted on some councillors new fancy ?
Do we get a reduced rates bill ? or will the money saved be wasted on some councillors new fancy ? Flackwell
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10:39pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Stand up for England wrote:
chris740 wrote:
i will never recycle again .
im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round.

ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again.

when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away
what I did was pick up what they had left behind, put it in a black bag and took it to WDC reception. Asked for the chief financial officer, as he's the one I pay my rates to, and was told he wasn't available. Then said to the receptionist, "I'm sorry then love, this is yours then" and tipped the lot on her desk. Won't change anything but I did feel better. ... :-) .. don't get mad, get even !!
Made one feel better... shame it was at the wrong person. Perhaps just left with name and address to be delivered by hand would have also made the point... Nah! As I said sometimes you gotta let it go just so you can feel better.
[quote][p][bold]Stand up for England[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris740[/bold] wrote: i will never recycle again . im fed up with picking up the rubbish after the collection as been round. ive not done it now for the past 2years and will never start again. when they spill it they should pick it up. not just drive away[/p][/quote]what I did was pick up what they had left behind, put it in a black bag and took it to WDC reception. Asked for the chief financial officer, as he's the one I pay my rates to, and was told he wasn't available. Then said to the receptionist, "I'm sorry then love, this is yours then" and tipped the lot on her desk. Won't change anything but I did feel better. ... :-) .. don't get mad, get even !![/p][/quote]Made one feel better... shame it was at the wrong person. Perhaps just left with name and address to be delivered by hand would have also made the point... Nah! As I said sometimes you gotta let it go just so you can feel better. Mr Totterdge Hill
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12:28am Fri 25 Jan 13

washondo says...

Emma179 wrote:
Until supermarkets produce food in less packaging, this is a really bad idea. We have a compost heap, recycle all the bits we can and use reusuable nappies but with a family of 5, still need a weekly rubbish collection (unless we give up eating)?!
Knees together.
[quote][p][bold]Emma179[/bold] wrote: Until supermarkets produce food in less packaging, this is a really bad idea. We have a compost heap, recycle all the bits we can and use reusuable nappies but with a family of 5, still need a weekly rubbish collection (unless we give up eating)?![/p][/quote]Knees together. washondo
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