Category Archives: Cotswold District Council

New Rules for Sorting Your Kerbside Recyclables

Cotswold District Council is launching a ‘five simple steps’ campaign which asks residents to pre-sort their recyclables before they present them for collection at the kerbside.

At the moment, residents tend to use: a black box for all used paper, magazines, glass items, cans/tins; a white sack for mixed plastic bottles, pots, tubs & trays; and a blue sack for cardboard.

However, the Council is now encouraging people to keep paper and magazines separate from glass items – either within the confines of one black box (if they only have only room for one) or by acquiring a second black box at no cost. To make life easier, residents can now place tins/cans and aerosols into their white sacks with plastics as these can now be separated at the recycling plant.

The ‘five simple steps’ are as follows:

Step 1 – Use one black recycling box for paper and magazines. (If you only have room for one box – put the papers at one end and the glass at the other).

Step 2 – Use a second black recycling box for all glass bottles and jars – no broken glass please. (Order a second box if you need one).

Step 3 – Use the white recycling sack for tins/cans, aerosols, plastic bottles, food trays, yoghurt pots and other types of mixed rigid plastics.

Step 4 – Use the blue recycling sack for corrugated (brown coloured) cardboard or light (grey coloured) card.

Step 5 – Use the green caddy for food waste.

 

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment, explains the benefits of additional pre-sorting: “We are delighted that so many people across the District are keen recyclers and we want to make sure that all the materials they present can be recycled. This now means that we need their help to do a little more pre-sorting before the items are collected. Keeping the glass and paper separate means that both materials can be recycled more easily. The ‘five simple steps’ also help to speed up collections, cutting down on disruption to traffic flows caused by Ubico vehicles.

“The Council will be happy to supply a free extra black box on request. I hope that being able to recycle tins and plastics together will make life easier for residents, but I would ask that they “wash and squash” the items first to make the most of the white sack’s capacity and also to keep it clean.”

To request an extra black box please or contact the CDC Waste Team email us at cdc@cotswold.gov.uk or phone 01285 623123.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 24 May 2018.

Cotswold District Freezes Council Tax For 2018-19

Members of Cotswold District Council have today agreed a freeze on the authority’s share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2018/19, following a freeze for 2017/18 and 2016/17, a 5% cut in 2015/16, a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14. This means that the average band D charge for District services will remain at £126.40.

Taking into account the freeze for 2018/19, the actual amount being charged for a Band D council tax payer – without cutting frontline services – has been reduced by £17.98 per year (12%) over a period stretching back to 2010/11. Even more significantly, the £126.40 charge is on a par with what residents were paying back in 2005 and, taking the average annual inflation rate into account, represents a real terms reduction of about 45%, saving tax payers about £50 per year.

This is the 21st lowest district council charge in the country and represents a rise from 63rd in the ratings just a few years ago.

The Council also agreed the following:

  • Continuation of the freeze on parking charges at all CDC-owned car parks.
  • Continuation of the freeze on the cost of garden waste licences.
  • Extension of the ‘free after 3 pm’ parking scheme until the end of March 2019 at selected car parks across the district, including in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Tetbury.
  • An initial allocation of up to £300,000 to extend the network of Electronic Vehicle Charging Points in the Cotswolds.
  • Each Ward Member will receive an allocation of £1,000 to help fund local youth activities.
  • No cuts to frontline services.

CDC Deputy Leader Cllr Nick Parsons commented: “Nearly all the local authorities in the UK are increasing their share of the council tax bill, but I am delighted to say that we can maintain our price freeze in the Cotswolds. I am sure that residents will be very pleased to hear this news.

“Those working on behalf of the Council are always mindful of the need to keep our costs down, and I am extremely grateful for the efforts of the CDC staff as they continue to innovate and find savings without any detriment to our services. Working with partner councils, we are on target to share in collective savings of £5.6 million per year by 2020 –these savings are vital to ensure that we can continue to provide excellent value for money.”

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 20 February.

Competition: Help Keep the Cotswolds Beautiful

Now in its third year, Cotswold District Council’s ‘Great Cotswolds Clean up’ prize competition will get underway on Friday 2 March. The Council is inviting community groups to clean up their neighbourhoods and possibly share in a £1,000 prize fund. There will be three prizes on offer in the CDC competition (£500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third).

From Friday 2 March until Sunday 29 April, schools and community groups are being encouraged to carry out a litter pick in their communities. Applying to enter is very simple – just email cdc@cotswold.gov.uk or call 01285 623123 and provide the location of your litter pick, together with the name of a community representative who is willing to liaise with the Council. CDC will expect that person to take the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of the area being tidied, and provide details of the size of the work party. When the competition concludes, a panel of CDC judges will draw up a short-list and visit the finalists to assess the work done.

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, looks forward to the event: “There are so many residents who are enthusiastic about keeping the Cotswolds clean and tidy, and last year’s competition entrants clearly had a lot of fun in the process. Running this prize competition is a small gesture to thank everyone for their efforts. We can supply bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets for clean-up work, and it will help our environmental team if volunteers could stagger the take-up over the duration of the competition so that we can use our resources to best effect. We can also arrange for Ubico Ltd to make special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123 if you require assistance with equipment or collection of filled bags.”

The launch of the competition coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean weekend which has done so much to raise awareness of this issue nationally.

Via press release from CDC, 5 February 2018

Waste & Recycling, Missed Collections & Holiday Calendar

Ubico crews will be carrying out scheduled rounds today (Monday 18th December) and are aiming to catch up on any outstanding collections from last week as soon as possible.

Residents who have been missed should leave waste and recycling at the kerbside until it is picked up. The Ubico crews will get to you as soon as practicable, and will pick up extra waste that has accumulated during the delay provided it is bagged and placed by the side of the refuse bin.

If your waste has not been picked up by the end of Wednesday 20th December, please contact the Waste Hotline on 01285 623123 to report a missed collection.

Christmas Waste Collection Schedules

Recycling and waste collections will otherwise continue as normal until 22nd December. Following the Christmas and New Year bank holidays, your regular collection day will change as crews catch up.

Upper Rissington is on Route 2b-Tuesday. The holiday changes are highlighted on the calendar, which you can download from the link.

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 15 January 2018.

Please continue to keep up to date with the latest advice on waste and recycling collections by checking online www.cotswold.gov.uk.

All your questions about waste collections in winter weather are answered here: www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/qa-waste-collection-in-severe-weather/.