The Executive Director of Neighbourhood and Communities submitted a report which set out the policies relating to the operation of the collection of recycling and refuse from domestic properties with individual wheeled bins. It also sets out the charges for the various types of waste container used at such properties.
The report outlined that during the summer of 2013 a new system for the collection of recycling, and green wastes was introduced across the majority of households in Middlesbrough. These new collection arrangements were funded from a grant from Central Government. The new collection arrangements resulted in a shift from a mainly sack based system of collection for recycling, to one based on wheeled bins. At the same time the size of the refuse bin was reduced by 100 litres (from 240 to 140 litres) to underscore the new emphasis on recycling of wastes. The roll out of this new collection system was completed by late November 2013.
The system is based on three bin types;
a blue lidded bin for recyclable wastes, emptied fortnightly throughout the year
a green bin for green or garden wastes, emptied fortnightly during the main growing period (April to October)
a black bin for all other wastes, predominately food and hygiene wastes, emptied weekly.
Since rolling out the new service there has been a significant shift across the town to recycling and a shift away from placing waste in the bin for disposal.
The report outlined that as well as their new bins each household received a booklet setting out how the new collections operate, and a calendar with specific details of the collection arrangements for their home (Appendix 2 of the report). The booklet also had details of the No side waste closed lid policy. Under the heading frequently asked questions in the booklet, details of the availability of extra and replacement bins are given. No details of any charges for lost or replacement bins were given.
Prior to the introduction of the new collection arrangements policies were in place to cover the process of enforcement where a resident failed to use the wheeled bin provided to them and for the charging of a fee to cover the administration cost of replacing a wheeled bin (Appendix 1 of the report)
The report gave details of the options appraisal, further details if which are within the report.
During the meeting, Councillor N J Walker asked for an inclusion to paragraph 11 (Impact assessment) of the report to be made. The inclusion was as follows:
Replacement recycling (Blue lid bins) will be provided free of charge
That the introduction of the waste policies as outlined in the report be approved.
The decision was supported by the following reasons:
To ensure compliance with the requirements of the new collection arrangements.
To permit the Council to utilise its powers to take action where residents refuse to comply with the requirements of the service.
To control the amounts of uncontrolled waste presented on collection day, which potentially become a source of nuisance and litter.