Future of waste services on the agenda at Cornwall Council's Cabinet

The future of waste and recycling collections, the Langarth housing development, plans to retrofit homes to make them energy-efficient and investment in regeneration and skills will all be on the agenda when Cornwall Council’s Cabinet meets next week.

The Cabinet will hear how the new waste and recycling services contract for residents will aim to bring Cornwall in line with the South West’s top recycling Councils, deliver an affordable service and respond to the climate emergency.

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The current waste and recycling collection contract is due to come to an end next year and the Council has been in a competitive dialogue tender process to choose the new contractor.

Councillors will hear how the scope of the new waste contract has changed to reduce cost and make it more affordable, while still meeting Cornwall’s priorities for reducing waste, driving up recycling and providing good value for taxpayers.

The new contract on which bids will now be made will see non-recyclable rubbish collected fortnightly from summer 2021 with the introduction of weekly food waste collections.

Recycling collections will remain at fortnightly intervals instead of weekly as previously planned, which will help secure the best value for money in the long term.

This collection approach is also used by the best-performing recycling authorities in the South West.

Residents will be supported with information and advice before the changes are made to help them use the new services when they are introduced in 2021.

The changes also meet the objectives set out in Cornwall Council’s Resources and Waste Strategy and the direction of travel for the Government’s Environment Bill.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, welcomed the positive and constructive work with the bidders, He said:  “Making these changes to the new waste contract is designed to help deliver an affordable service for Cornwall that helps residents to make the right choices to reduce their waste and recycle as much as possible.”

Councillors will also be asked to approve a plan to increase the Council’s garden waste collection charges which are among the lowest in the region, so that they will be in line with the South West average.

A preferred bidder will be chosen at Cabinet in January with the contract due to be awarded early in the New Year.

Next week’s agenda also includes the innovative ECO whole house retrofit project pilot, which aims to reduce emissions from Cornwall’s existing homes to near zero in-order to contribute to achieving our ambitions for Cornwall to become carbon neutral.

The paper sets out how the council intends to tackle the issue whilst reducing energy bills for Cornish residents; particularly householders on low income and those who are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. 

The Langarth Garden Village development will also be discussed, with approval sought for the land acquisitions required to move the project forward.

It also details some of the community investments associated with the project, including a new hall at Threemilsestone School, improvements to pedestrian and cycle links in the area, and the creation of new playing pitches and associated facilities.

The final item on the agenda focuses on investment in regeneration, business support and skills funding across Cornwall, including the Liskeard Cattle Market regeneration, and the Cornwall Food and Drink Hub project.

The meeting will take place at the Trelawny Room at Lys Kernow in Truro next Wednesday (13 November), starting at 10am.  The meeting is open to members of the public.


Story posted 06 November 2019