New Waste and Recycling Collection Street and Public Open Space Cleansing Services Contract

The New Waste and Recycling Collection Street and Public Open Space Cleansing Services Contract is due to begin in 2020.

From 2020 plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, glass, paper and cardboard will be collected weekly, and a new weekly food waste collection will be introduced. All other residual waste will be collected fortnightly, with homes provided  with either a wheeled bin or seagull proof sack. Garden waste collection will continue as a prepaid fortnightly service. No changes will be made until the contract comes into place in April 2020. 

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The recommendations to change the current waste contract have been considered by a special inquiry, led by the Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny committee.

The Council has also sought advice from industry experts and other local authorities across the South West; of the 32 we reviewed, all but Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly collect residual waste every two to three weeks. Residents' surveys and focus groups, as well as national guidance, were considered before making the decision. 

Cabinet meeting 18 December 2018 10.00 am

There is still a lot of work to be done before the changes come into effect in 2020. We will be working with communities across Cornwall talking to people about the changes and will explain what needs to happen and when.

For more information on the changes to waste and recycling collections from 2020 please read our Frequently Asked Questions