Council votes to retain weekly black bag collections
Last updated: 25/05/2011
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Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has voted by seven
votes to three to retain weekly black bag rubbish collections after
considering a range of options for changing recycling and rubbish
collections in Cornwall.
Cabinet Members also considered the results of
the Council’s recent waste canvass which received comments from
just under 10,000 people. 66% of people supported the
continuation of the weekly black bag collection with fortnightly
recycling, with 34% opting for a change to separate weekly food
waste and recycling collection, with a fortnightly collection for
any remaining black bag waste.
Council Leader Alec Robertson , who gave
instructions for the canvass to be carried out, thanked everyone
who had taken part. Adding that the results sent a very clear
message to the Council, he said it was vital that Members listened
to the views of local residents. .
“This is Council taxpayers’ money and they
have the right to tell us how they want it to be spent” he
said. “Cornwall has voted two to one in favour of keeping the
weekly black bag collections and Cornwall Council has responded
properly to this message”.
Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet member
for waste management, had supported making the change, which, he
said, in other parts of the country had resulted in a significant
increase in recycling rates.
“Fortnightly [residual waste] collections have
proved very successful in many areas, including West Devon and
rural areas such as the Cotswolds where recycling rates have
increased to more than 60%” he said. “This option, which
would have enabled us to continue to collect food waste weekly,
would have encouraged more people to recycle and helped us to
achieve our recycling targets.
“I am committed to ensuring Cornwall becomes
an exemplar authority for green issues and, although disappointed
by this decision, will continue to work with Council officers, our
partners and people in Cornwall to help achieve this”.
While some Members at today’s meeting of the
Cabinet supported moving to fortnightly residual waste collections,
others expressed concerns over the possibility of increased litter
in the streets, the potential impact to Cornwall’s vital tourism
industry and the problems the change could cause for people who had
no outdoor space to store their rubbish.
There are currently a range of different waste
contracts operating across the six former District council areas
and today’s decision by the Cabinet means that a new single system
with weekly black bag collections and fortnightly recycling
collections will be introduced across the whole of Cornwall in
The Council will also be investigating the
costs of providing a separate food waste collection service and the
possibility of collecting mixed plastics and ‘tetrapak’ cartons as
part of the recycling collections.
The Council is currently writing an Invitation
to Tender document specifying the details of new waste and
recycling service which will be put out to tender within the next
Story posted 18 May