Residents, charities and businesses can help shape the county council’s proposals to save £1.1 million at household waste and recycling sites.
The council wants to hear
people’s views on a variety of proposals to reduce costs, without having to
close sites completely.
Blake Pain, county cabinet
member for waste, said: “The council needs to save £1.1 million from its
household waste and recycling sites budget, as part of its overall £120 million
“We have a range of ideas and
we now want to hear people’s views on how they could work.”
Proposals for waste sites
• Restricting free use
of the sites by those living outside of Leicestershire county
• Restricting free access to use
of the sites by charities, parish councils and other groups
• Restricting free disposal of
non-household waste such as bricks, rubble and other DIY waste
• Reducing site opening
At the moment, the council
spends £27.4 million per
year on waste and recycling and it needs to reduce that figure by £4.9 million
Alongside proposed changes to
household waste and recycling sites, the council is also reviewing recycling and
reuse credits. Around £120,000 is paid each year to approximately 40 charity and
community groups that collect household waste for reuse and recycling.
Charities and community
groups will be directly engaged with to shape proposals to ensure they are
supported in the most effective way.
Options for making savings
could include only paying credits for materials where other recycling or reuse
facilities are not available - e.g. mattresses or carpet.
The consultation will run
from February 2 to April 26.
You can have your say at www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurewastemanagement
The council’s cabinet will
consider the results of the consultation and decide on which proposals to take
forward later this year.
For details of the sites and
what you can recycle there, please see www.leics.gov.uk/recycling_household_waste_sites