Waste Survey During Rubbish Collections

During the rubbish collections on Friday, members of a company commissioned by Glos County Council will be taking samples to be analysed to improve recycling. We were not notified of this in advance but I have had a few enquiries.

I have just been sent a leaflet which the teams have to hand out to residents. Copy below.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

 

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

‘Real’ Christmas trees are 100% recyclable.

Residents who subscribe to the council’s green waste collection service will be able to recycle their used Christmas trees simply by placing them in their green bin. Please ensure that the tree is broken into manageable lengths so that it will fit comfortably in the bin. The next green waste collection day in Northleach is Monday 9th January.

You can also take your real Christmas trees to the following locations where they will be recycled and turned into compost:

The garden centres will take delivery of trees during the first two weeks in January only, ready for shredding by the district council’s contractor.

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Town Council Newsletter – October 2012

Plastics Collections
Each household in Northleach and Eastington should now have received their white bag for recycling rigid plastics. Our first plastics collection will take place on Thursday 11th October. Please do not stockpile more than two weeks worth of plastics before the collection date as the service may not be able to cope. The plastic recycling bin at the Westwoods Centre will be operational for the next few months if your household requires it.
Unfortunately there has been some fly tipping at this recyling point and it is now being monitored by CDC. Please do not leave any material there that is non-recyclable. 

North Cotswolds Food Bank
Some of our surrounding towns and parishes are now connected with the North Cotswolds Food Bank and the network, which helps families in need is growing month on month. All the food is donated and local care professionals such as doctors, health visitors and social workers, identify and distribute foodbank vouchers. If you would like more information on any aspect of this valuable resource they can be contacted on 07879 375562. If you do not have email or internet access please contact us for help via the Clerk details below.

Question of the Month
“Who can I speak to about….?” The Town Council is here to help and we deal with all sorts of enquiries including town maintenance, parking problems, ownership queries, dog fouling, cemetery questions, playing field hire, youth activities and funding opportunities. If you are not sure where to start, please contact us and we do everything we can to help.

Update on Gloucestershire Waste Service

Dear Town and Parish Councillors,

Thank you for your continuing patience following the disruption to the waste and recycling collection service to some communities in the district, due to snow and ice.  Normal collections have now resumed.
The Emergency Collection points which were set up the week before Christmas (22nd – 24th December) in Bourton on the Water, Moreton in Marsh and Stow on the Wold are now closed.  If residents wish to dispose of household refuse before their next kerbside collection is due please take it to Fossecross Recycling Centre which is open everyday except New Years day.

Residents who did not receive a waste or recycling collection, due to the snow and ice the week before Christmas, should present all their waste and recycling kerbside for collection next week ( 3rd – 7th January) on their normal collection day.  Any additional refuse or recycling can be presented in black bin liners and cardboard boxes/carrier bags next to the grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags and black recycling box, and it will also be collected.

Please do not overload wheeled bins, the lid must be closed or it cannot be emptied.
If resident’s refuse, recycling or food and garden waste is not collected on their  normal collection day they should not worry, and should leave it out and it will be collected the following day.  Residents  do not need to contact the council if their refuse is not collected on their normal day, the large volumes of materials which will be presented mean SITA may not be able to complete rounds on the specified day.

Extra resources will be used to ensure all refuse and recycling is cleared and if necessary collections will also be made on Saturday 8th January.

www.cotswold.gov.uk

Compost your waste and watch your garden grow

As part of this year’s Waste Reduction Challenge, people across the county are being invited to go green and start home composting. Gloucestershire County Council is running the Waste Reduction Challenge between 20th and 28th November and people across the county are being asked to sign up to at least one pledge to cut their household waste.

One of the pledges is to start home composting, which reduces what you throw away and produces a quality compost to help your flowers and plants flourish. Uncooked food leftovers – excluding meat and fish – can be composted, along with cardboard, tea bags, old flowers and nettles, bedding from vegetarian pets and lots more. Gloucestershire County Council is offering tips and advice to anyone who is interested in taking up the challenge.

Home composting benefits the environment, in fact composting at home for just one year can save as much carbon dioxide produced by your kettle in an entire year or your washing machine produces in three months.
Cllr Stan Waddington, cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “We all have a duty to do our bit when it comes to the rubbish we produce and that’s what the Waste Reduction Challenge is all about.
“Recycling or reusing as much as you can is a great start, but going one step further and becoming a home composter will really help us reduce what we would otherwise end up sending to landfill.
 “Home composting is easier than you think and there’s plenty of support and advice available so why not give it a try it for yourself?”

Compostable waste sent to landfill produces methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas. By composting the waste at home, in the presence of oxygen, no methane is produced. Compost produced at home benefits your garden, adding nutrients, improving soil structure, maintaining moisture levels and keeping your soil’s pH balance in check.

Compost bins are available from only £12 by visiting www.recycleforgloucestershire.com and clicking on the composting link.

For details of all ten pledges and for more information on the Waste Reduction Challenge visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com and click on the waste reduction challenge link.

Nichola Hughes of Cheltenham with a compost bin mocked up as a washing machine and the Waste Reduction Challenge logo.

For further information contact Simon Brown on 01452 425325 or 07799 582 803.

Gloucestershire County Council has a strategy to recycle and compost at least 60% of household waste by 2020. Based on figures for the financial year 2009-2010, the County landfilled approximately 160,000 tonnes of household waste. If this figure is replicated this financial year, it will result in a landfill tax bill of £7.7 million pounds.

The county has strict landfill targets to meet up until 2020. Exceeding these steadily reducing quantities will result in fines of up to £150 per tonne for every tonne of biodegradable waste in excess of our allowance.

CONTACT

Issued by Lisa Bonnell, Gloucestershire County Council, Media Team, 01452 425226,

Lisa Bonnell
Media & PR Officer
Gloucestershire County Council
Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TG
Tel: 01452 425226 / 07805 540422
www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/pressoffice

Waste project deferred until New Year

Gloucestershire County Council has decided to delay the next stages of the residual waste project until the New Year. Following the decision by Defra to withdraw our £92million Private Finance Investment (PFI) cash last week, the council has put the project temporarily on hold.

At the moment four companies are bidding for the contract to build a waste facility to deal with the county’s household rubbish. This would provide an alternative to landfill, which is too expensive, harmful to the environment and we’re running out of space. On 18th November, Cabinet was due to reduce the remaining four bidders down to the final two, but this decision has now been deferred.

Ultimately Gloucestershire County Council has to find an alternative to landfill so we will be looking at ways this project can proceed.
Between now and January, the council will be working with Defra and the government, looking at ways of taking this project forward. It is hoped the item will be now considered by Cabinet in February 2011.
Cllr Stan Waddington, cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “Following Defra’s announcement we’ve got a lot of work to do before we can take this project any further.
“That doesn’t mean we have scrapped the project or that it won’t go ahead, it just means we need more time to sort out the financial issues we’re now facing.
“Whatever happens we have to find an alternative to landfill for dealing with Gloucestershire’s household waste so there’s no question of us dropping the project and doing nothing.
“In the New Year, I hope we’ll be in a position to continue what we have started.”

Alongside the residual waste project, the council is looking at its Waste Core Strategy, which is a planning document which, by law, all Waste Planning Authorities have to produce.
It sets out how we deal with waste in the county and includes sites that are suitable for dealing with waste.
As there is still a need for designated waste sites in the county – whether they will be used by the county council or other organisations – the issue will remain on the Cabinet agenda for 18th November.

For more information on the Waste Core Strategy visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/wcs.
Currently, we recycle 43 per cent of our waste in Gloucestershire, with the remainder going to landfill.
Gloucestershire buried about 170,000 tonnes of household waste in 2008/2009 and the council expects a landfill tax bill of £7million this financial year alone. Landfill tax is currently £48 for every tonne of waste and is set to increase by £8 per tonne per year next year because the government is imposing heavy penalties and taxes. This means councils across the UK are looking to find more environmentally friendly and cost effective ways of dealing with rubbish.

Detailed proposals from four waste companies are currently being evaluated.
The core technologies being considered are mechanical biological treatment (MBT)/mechanical treatment and Energy from Waste (incineration). MBT includes a range of technologies, including composting, anaerobic digestion and bio-drying. All the proposed solutions make some use of Javelin Park whilst in some cases final processing takes place outside of the county.

Further information on the residual waste project is available at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com/real_rubbish
Contact
Issued by Lisa Bonnell, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425226,