Monday, 16 February 2015

Changes ahead for county waste sites

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 savings.

“We have a range of ideas and we now want to hear people’s views on how they could work.”

Proposals for waste sites include:

•       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 times

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 by 2018/19.

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

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