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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.

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/.