Posts Tagged ‘waste’

Council looks at bringing bin collections back in-house

Posted on Thursday 28th March 2019 at 6:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Black refuse bins are exchanged for smaller ones in Bradley Stoke.

South Gloucestershire Council is to consider a new approach to managing waste collections, which could lead to the service being brought back in-house in 2020.

Overall, the council spends more than £22 million a year to deliver all of its waste services, an amount which has come under the spotlight as the authority looks to cut overall annual spending by a further £19.4 million by 2021/22.

The council’s kerbside waste and recycling collections are currently provided by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK through a public finance initiative (PFI) contract, which is due to end in 2025. The council has worked in partnership with SUEZ since 2000 and over this time has improved its recycling rate from 6 percent in 2000 to nearly 60 percent in 2018; and reduced the proportion of waste sent to landfill from over 90 percent to less than 10 percent.

Proposals were outlined to the council’s Cabinet on Monday 4th February that would allow the council to reduce the annual cost of waste collections, without changing the services provided to residents. These potential savings, which are subject to ongoing negotiations with SUEZ regarding a variation to the PFI contract, would contribute towards targets set within the authority’s exacting Council Transformation and Savings Programme.

One option being considered by the council is to merge waste collections with its in-house StreetCare team. If this went ahead, it would see all waste collection vehicles and collection staff transfer to the council in 2020. Another option being considered is to retain the service with SUEZ, who have offered to work in partnership to deliver new opportunities, including exploring commercial and income opportunities.

More: Sort It centres and waste transfer would remain with SUEZ »


Green bin charge set to be reduced from April

Posted on Tuesday 22nd December 2015 at 9:27 pm by SH (Editor)

A South Gloucestershire Council 'green bin'.

The omission of the garden waste collection service from a strategic review of South Gloucestershire Council’s waste services (see ‘Council consults on plan to almost halve size of black bin‘) has sparked a political row, with Liberal Democrats accusing the Conservatives of failing to live up to a promise made in their 2015 election manifesto that the opt-in charge for emptying green bins, introduced in 2014, would be axed.

Speaking after a meeting of SGC’s Communities Committee on 4th November, Cllr Claire Young (LibDem, Westerleigh) said: “The waste consultation agreed today was their big chance to meet their manifesto promise. We all know that it would be wrong to promise something you can’t deliver – so my residents are waiting for their free green bins.”

“We were shocked when they voted against even including consulting with the public on this. It shows that they never had any intention of meeting their manifesto promise. They were elected on a false promise, and they have to apologise to residents now.”

She added, “Their attempts to kick this into the long grass by claiming removing the charge was not a change of service were laughable. They’ve nowhere left to hide – they lied.”

Cllr Heather Goddard (Con, Hanham), Chair of the Communities Committee, defended the decision, saying: “The Waste Strategy has been in production since before the election. The whole council had previously, on a cross-party basis, signed up to this strategy and the proposals within it as to where savings in the waste budget might be found.”

“Consequently, given that we are aware of Liberal Democrat and Labour opposition to our position of removing the green bin charge, it made sense to separate the issues which have already been agreed to and consider green bins as a separate issue.”

“In our manifesto, we stated that we wanted to remove the ‘tax’ in a financially responsible manner and our pledge was to phase it out.”

“This is a budgetary issue, and, as such, the budget-setting process is the appropriate point to implement our pledge. We are currently preparing plans to introduce our first cut to the charge for the upcoming 2016/17 budget.”

This article originally appeared in the December 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.


Council to begin collecting unwanted green bins

Posted on Tuesday 25th November 2014 at 10:01 pm by SH (Editor)

A South Gloucestershire Council 'green bin'.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has revealed that it is to start collecting “unwanted” green bins in a rolling programme that begins in December. The move follows the introduction of an opt-in annual charge for its bin-based garden waste collection service from 31st March 2014 and is aimed at households who have chosen not to pay.

An “ad hoc” collection service using paper sacks costing £2 each is provided as an alternative for residents who require only occasional garden waste collection.

Despite introducing the charge in March, the council previously said it would not be collecting unwanted green bins until “after October”, in order to allow residents time to decide if they wished to subscribe to the new chargeable service.

Residents of Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Yate, Dodington, Westerleigh and Chipping Sodbury will be the first to have their unwanted bins collected, in December. Green bins in all other areas will be scheduled for removal early in the New Year.

Details of the green bin removal day will be provided on a leaflet that will be delivered to households one week before the collection. Unwanted bins must be put out by 7am on the day specified in the leaflet and must be empty.

The council warns that it will not collect any bins that contain waste, including garden waste.

Residents who have chosen to use their green bin for another purpose may continue to do so, adds the council.

It is understood that the collected bins will be dismantled and the plastic and metal components recycled.

More information: Collection of unwanted green bins (SGC)


New waste collection days for South Glos

Posted on Thursday 22nd May 2014 at 5:49 pm by SH (Editor)

A South Gloucestershire Council 'green bin'.

Households in South Gloucestershire are being urged to get set for new waste collection days being introduced from Monday 2nd June.

Calendar ‘hangers’ with details of the new dates will be placed on black bins between 12th and 23rd May.

The changes will see a new fortnightly schedule introduced for all households, with black and green bins collected in one week and the green recycling box collected in the other.

Plastics and cardboard will also be collected on alternate weeks, while food waste will continue to be collected weekly.

All waste and recycling will need to be put out by 7am to ensure collection.

The changes are the first revisions to the district’s waste collection dates since 2010 and will help to accommodate the new recycling services — including mixed plastics, Tetrapak cartons and small electrical items – which were introduced on 31st March.

Any residents who have not received a bin hanger by Monday 26th May should contact the council on or by telephoning 01454 868 000.

With news of the changes coming just two months after the council introduced an opt-in £36 p.a. charge for emptying the green bin, local Conservative councillors have questioned the wisdom of the move. Cllr Ian Adams (Siston and Warmley), Conservative Lead on the authority’s Communities Committee, said:

“This announcement will come as real shock to South Gloucestershire households.”

“When so many residents have seen their green bins go uncollected despite paying the council’s controversial “bin tax”, people will understandably have major concerns over the ability of both the council and its waste contractor Sita to manage such a massive change in the waste collection service.”

“There’s a real fear that changing collection dates so suddenly will lead to yet more bin chaos.”

Residents can check the date of their next collection online at