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Hang On To Your Garden Waste Licence

Residents who subscribe to the Council’s kerbside garden waste collection service should continue displaying their current licences beyond the expiry date (end of March 2019). This will enable them to continue receiving garden waste collections.

Cotswold District Council is delaying its annual call to renew licences until the Council finalises proposals regarding the future service and its cost when it meets on Tuesday 26 February. Once proposals are agreed, the Council will write to all garden waste licence holders about the new offer and inviting them to renew their licences.

The motion to be debated will call for kerbside garden waste collections to continue during the winter months. Councillors agreed late last year to suspend garden waste collections for a three month period during the winter, and supported the move from weekly to fortnightly collections. The planned switch from weekly to fortnightly collections, with effect from late autumn 2019, will go ahead but the winter suspension is being reviewed.

Previously Council said it would consider reducing the cost of the service to offset the changes. However, the motion calls for the garden waste licence fee to continue at £30 for 2019/20 in return for a continuation of collections all year round, albeit on a fortnightly basis. The whole arrangement would then be reviewed before the end of March 2020.

Commenting on the motion, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Sue Coakley said: “I hope that the Council will support this motion because a lot of people have said that they would be happy to pay to retain the service over the winter, even if it means switching to fortnightly collections. If we peg the fee at £30 we would just about break even – at present this amount does not cover the cost of weekly collections and, as this is an optional service, it is important that we ensure the cost is not be borne by all residents. I must add that the annual £30 licence fee is still remarkably good value compared with other nearby authorities who charge more for collecting fortnightly.”

There has been a lot of debate in public about the proposed changes to the waste service. The key points are as follows:

  • Garden waste collections will continue on a weekly basis until we introduce a new fleet of vehicles towards the end of this year – probably during October or November. (Older vehicles are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and are liable to break down more frequently).
  • Once the new fleet begins operations later this year, garden waste collections will move from a weekly to a fortnightly basis.
  • Kerbside food collections will continue on a weekly basis, and, when the new fleet begins operations towards the end of this year, residents will be provided with bigger more robust animal-proof caddies for their food waste.
  • When the larger more durable food caddies are introduced towards the end of the year, residents must refrain from placing food waste in their garden waste bins.
  • Separating food from garden waste will enable us to begin using an anaerobic digester facility for more efficient – and environmentally friendly – reprocessing of food remains. Similarly, we will be able to process the garden waste using a far cheaper and more environmentally beneficial composting method. Additionally, making fortnightly garden waste collections will enable us to reduce our vehicle pollution levels and fuel usage.
  • The new fleet of vehicles will make it possible to introduce extra kerbside recycling options for the very first time – textiles, batteries, small electrical and electronic items and Tetrapak cartons. We will provide the appropriate containers for recycling these new items.

Prior to the new vehicles being introduced later this year, Cotswold District Council will review how waste rounds are organised to maximise the efficiency of collections across the District. This will result in a change to collection days for some residents and they will be informed well in advance of any change. Before any changes are introduced, information will be sent to every household explaining how the new recycling arrangements will work.

Information via Cotswold District Council.

Recycling & Waste Collection Changes Over Christmas & New Year

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December.  The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December.  They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019.

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on four  Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.)

Week commencing Monday 17 December 2018:

Normal collection day New revised collection day
Monday 17 Dec 2018 No change
Tuesday 18 Dec No change
Wednesday 19 Dec No change
Thursday 20 Dec No change
Friday 21 Dec No change
Monday 24 Dec Will move to Thursday 27 Dec
Tuesday 25 Dec Will move to Friday 28 Dec
Wednesday 26 Dec Will move to Saturday 29 Dec
Thursday 27 Dec Will move to Monday 31 Dec
Friday 28 Dec Will move to Wednesday 2 Jan 2019
Monday 31 Dec Will move to Thursday 3 Jan
Tuesday 1 Jan Will move to Friday 4 Jan
Wednesday 2 Jan Will move to Saturday 5 Jan
Thursday 3 Jan Will move to Monday 7 Jan
Friday 4 Jan Will move to Tues 8 Jan
Monday 7 Jan Will move to Wednesday 9 Jan
Tuesday 8 Jan Will move to Thursday 10 Jan
Wednesday 9 Jan Will move to Friday11 Jan
Thursday 10 Jan Will move to Saturday12 Jan
Friday 11 Jan Will move to Monday 14 Jan
Monday 14 Jan Will move to Tuesday 15 Jan
Tuesday 15 Jan Will move to Wednesday 16 Jan
Wednesday 16 Jan Will move to Thursday 17 Jan
Thursday 17 Jan Will move to Friday 18 Jan
Friday 18 Jan Will move to Saturday 19 Jan

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019.

[Note: These changes in collection dates have already been included in your local waste collection calendar.]

Additionally, Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Commenting on the arrangements, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“As always, we try to minimise disruption to the schedules over the Christmas and New Year holidays while providing the crews with a reasonable break.  Residents are now familiar with our revised schedules during the festive period and they have always responded favourably in the knowledge that everything gets back to normal within a few weeks.”

“We anticipate that households will accumulate larger amounts of waste during Christmas and New Year.  I would urge everyone to recycle as much as possible and to make the most of our kerbside recycling services, and recycling facilities across the district. Many large gifts use cardboard packaging and it is worth emphasising that the Ubico crews will only collect folded cardboard at the kerbside.  We also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season.

“For those who like to clear things away very quickly, please note that Household Recycling Centres will be open on most days during the holiday period.  However, please note that both Household Recycling Centres in Cotswold District now close for one day during the week  (Fosse Cross on Tuesdays and Pyke Quarry on Wednesdays). Both will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The new winter opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more details see www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

“North Cotswold district residents should note that we have an agreement permitting the use of the Shipston on Stour recycling centre in Warwickshire. For more information and opening times for that site, please visit Shipston on Stour recycling centre.

“While we hope to see a big upturn in recycling figures during this period, we realise that there is still going to be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time.  For this reason, we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day; residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

For queries and further information about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 15 October 2018

Midweek Closure Days For County Recycling Centres

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed. On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed. On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

Gloucestershire County Council has collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. This closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy periods at the sites.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for household recycling centres at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I would like to reassure residents that we have considered a wide range of options. We need to make sure tax payers’ money is spent wisely, while making sure our HRCs are open when people need them.

“We have made sure residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. We will be monitoring the new opening arrangements and how the sites are used.”

More information on the closure days, new seasonal times and your nearest alternative site can be found online at www.recycleforgloucestershire.gov.uk

Issued by Gloucestershire County Council Communications Team

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