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Waste services update and energy efficient homes plan discussed by Cabinet

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet heard today (13 November 2019) 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 a more affordable service and respond to the climate emergency.

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.

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Councillors meeting at New County Hall heard how the scope of the new waste contract has changed to 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 many of 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.

Cabinet members also heard how the planned removal of Council-run recycling banks from carparks and other public spaces will be brought forward into next year.

Recycling deposited in the banks accounted for less than 1% of total household recycling collected last year.

Supermarket owned recycling banks will not be removed as part of these changes. 

Residents will still be able to use the 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres across Cornwall.

Councillors also approved 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.

The annual charge for collecting green waste from a 240 litre bin will go up from £38.75 to £43.

A preferred bidder is scheduled to be chosen at Cabinet in January with the contract due to be awarded by spring.

Also approved by councillors today was a Council contribution of £2.28m to the innovative ECO whole house retrofit project, which aims to deliver a cost effective model of improving energy efficiency to Cornwall’s existing homes.

The £2.28m pilot scheme would see improvements such as insulation and heat pumps fitted to 83 Cornwall Housing homes.

The plan is part of Cornwall Council’s plan to tackle the climate emergency and help Cornwall strive towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

More news from cabinet:

Cabinet supports investment into local community facilities to support proposed Langarth Garden Village

Council to invest in projects to support business and create jobs in Liskeard, Penzance, Bodmin and Hayle

Story posted 13 November, 2019