Category Archives: Cotswold District Council

Survey: How Could The Waste & Recycling Service Be Improved?

  • What would encourage you to recycle more?
  • How often would you like your recycling to be collected?

These are just some of the questions in a survey that Cotswold District Council has launched today to gather views about the sort of waste and recycling service that is the best fit for the District and also the County as a whole.

Service provider Ubico Ltd needs to replace its existing fleet of kerbside collection vehicles during 2019 as the current ones will be at the end of their service life. Improvements in technology should mean that the new vehicles will offer smarter and more efficient ways of collecting recycling and we are seeking the views of residents to help us maximise the benefits of these advances.

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, commented: “We have a great opportunity to improve our kerbside waste and recycling services in line with the needs of people across the District.  We plan to gather customer feedback on the current service and suggestions for improvement.  This will enable us to come up with new ways to deliver the service so that we can reduce the amount of residual waste going to landfill and increase recycling.  The introduction of a better system will also help us keep down the cost of Council Tax.”

The survey is available now – see
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SRM7M3M
– and will run until the end of Friday 20 July.

With the continued housing growth across the District, the Council is also reviewing collection rounds so that the new vehicles can be used as efficiently as possible.  This could involve changes to some collection days as part of the introduction of the new service.

Cllr Coakley explained: “There have been significant changes to the distribution of housing in some parts of the District over the last decade.  We altered several rounds in 2016 to accommodate those changes and the optimisation exercise went very smoothly, thanks to the support of residents. The distribution of recently built and planned housing continues to affect the make-up of waste and recycling collection rounds and we believe there is scope for further route alterations to increase efficiency.  It is probable that this will result in changes to some collection days.  When this occurs, we will again ensure that everyone is fully informed and understands the new collection arrangements.”

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 2 July 2018

New Guidelines 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 jars and bottles at the other).

Step 2 – If you have space for a second black recycling box, use this for all glass bottles and jars – no broken glass please. (Order a free second box if you need one).

Step 3 – You can now use the white recycling sack for tins/cans, as well as for 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 (or you can also pop your food waste into your garden waste if you subscribe to this service).

 

Please also note that Ubico will still pick up tins/cans, aerosols etc. if residents continue to place them in black boxes – but it would make life much easier for the crews if they are now placed in the white sacks instead.

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. Updated to clarify changes, 21 June 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