Kerbside recycling collection survey

Share your views about your kerbside recycling collection

Cornwall Council is asking for your views on Cornwall’s kerbside recycling and waste collection so we can best understand the impacts on residents before changes are recommended to the 2020 waste and recycling contract.

Continue reading

Cornwall Council Cabinet Members met in November to discuss recommendations for a new recycling and waste collection which will commence in April 2020. The Cabinet supported a model used extensively in Welsh authorities and English authorities which would mean a weekly collection of recycling and food waste and a fortnightly collection of waste that cannot be recycled.

Evidence shows that by making recycling collections more frequent, increasing the range of materials that are recycled, and introducing food waste collections on a weekly basis, we will be able to help Cornwall increase recycling from 35.7.% to reach the national target of 50% by 2020.

Analysis of black bin bags shows that most people’s waste is currently comprised of 22% of materials that can be recycled e.g. paper/cans/glass etc., 35% is food waste and 43% is other residual waste. If in future we collect food waste each week, and recycling collection also moves to weekly collections, this would make collections of recyclable material more easy and mean we would change the frequency of collections of waste which cannot be recycled to a fortnightly basis.

This means food waste will be collected at the same frequency as it is now (weekly), with the added benefit that it would be recycled (by anaerobic digestion), which is currently not the case. 

Read our FAQs for more information about the kerbside recycling and waste collection survey and view our what’s in a black bag infographic.

Take part in the survey using the following link:

Recycling and Waste survey

We encourage you to share the survey with family, friends and constituents to help shape the service we provide in the future, and inform how we can help you recycle more for Cornwall.  

You can download and print a paper copy of the survey

Please return your completed survey by 3 January 2018 to Recycling and Waste Survey, Room 4S, County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.

The survey will close on 3 January 2018.

If you need the survey and consultation information in another format or language, for example large print or easy read, please contact us: