New Waste Collection Service - Project Update
Councillor Martin Quaile, Cabinet Member for Environment, to update members on the progress of the new waste collection service for the Forest of Dean District. Councillor Quaile to present report E.43.
Councillor Martin Quaile, Cabinet Member for Environment, gave an update on the progress of the council’s new waste collection service. Councillor Quaile presented report E.43 and reminded members that in September 2010, Cabinet had approved a new waste collection service for the Forest of Dean. Since that time, an implementation project had commenced and the Project Board and Project Team had met regularly to discuss progress and to review possible risks. Furthermore, the Waste Management Cabinet Support Group had been made aware of progress, with the last update reported on 9 January 2012.
Councillor Quaile said that, following completion of negotiations with Biffa in March 2011, Cabinet had approved the revised waste strategy on 10 March 2011. He said that the key service changes would occur in two stages: the first from 2 April 2012, involving a charge for the council’s garden waste collection service, and the second, from 2 July 2012, to introduce weekly food waste collections. Councillor Quaile believed overall progress had been good and said that the plans for the introduction of the new waste collection service were on track.
In September 2010, Councillor Quaile, (Cabinet Member for the Environment), the Environmental Services Group Manager and the Interim Environmental Contracts Manager had attended a Corporate Scrutiny and Review Committee meeting to present a report that was due to go to cabinet later that month. At the meeting, the scrutiny committee had recommended that cabinet consider charging per bin rather than per household. This comment had been taken on board and on 16 September 2010 cabinet agreed to impose a charge per bin rather than per household.
It was also suggested that those people who had already purchased bins should be offered a free service for the first year of charging. The response to the proposal was that, “officers would need to address the details of the administration of this after a decision had been made.” On 10 March 2011, cabinet subsequently resolved “to introduce an annual charge of £26 per bin, plus VAT, for the fortnightly collection of garden waste, with effect from April 2012, and from April 2013, for those who have purchased bins.”
Councillor Quaile said that this decision had not been time-limited. He said that the original purpose of the resolution had been to ensure the smooth implementation of the new service and to encourage take-up. He said that as most residents were longstanding users of the current scheme he proposed that a free one-year licence for the garden waste collection service be issued to those households who had purchased a green bin between 1st April 2011 and 1st April 2012. Councillor Quaile said that, during the 10 months from 1 April 2011 to 30 January 2012, the council had sold 222 green bins to householders. Should this demand continue, it was likely that the total for the year would rise to 267, representing a total value of £6942.
As a final update, Councillor Quaile said that in May 2011, it had become apparent that the garden waste collection service would not be subject to VAT. This would therefore reduce the cost of the garden waste collection service to £26 per bin, per annum, involving a saving of £5.20 per year.
Cabinet noted the report and,
a) Note the progress made on the new waste collection service project.
b) Agree that a free one-year licence for the collection of garden waste be issued to householders who have purchased (or will purchase) a green bin during the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012, and
c) Note that the forthcoming charge for the garden waste collection service will not be subject to VAT