Derbyshire Dales reviews policy on recycling
Derbyshire Dales’ “bring” sites will be removed from car parks, pubs and shop premises across Derbyshire Dales by the end of February 2016 due to the success of a household recycling scheme.
Derbyshire Dales District Council has accepted an offer of £20,000 compensation from the contractor responsible for bring site management, HW Martin of Blackwell, for an early termination of the contract due to rising costs of running the service.
Since improved kerbside recycling collections were introduced almost four years ago by the District Council and its contractor Serco, the quantity of material collected from bring sites has reduced by 75%.
Another issue is that non-recyclable items are increasingly being dumped at the sites, resulting in 43% of the material being contaminated and disposed of at landfill, which is very costly for the council and harmful to the environment.
Two years ago it was agreed to reduce the number of ‘bring’ sites in the Derbyshire Dales from 98 to 33 to enable HW Martin to continue to operate a reduced service at no cost to the District Council. It followed significant improvements to the kerbside scheme and a decision by Sainsbury’s supermarkets, which have major stores in Ashbourne and Matlock, to take store recycling operations in-house across the country.
Since then, a further 10 sites have been lost due to landowners’ reluctance to put up with the high rate of fly-tipping of general and trade waste.
The District Council’s Community & Environment Committee took the decision last week to close the remaining sites after hearing that 91% of residents now use the fortnightly kerbside recycling service, which generates more recycling material in a single month (530 tonnes) than is collected from the bring sites in an entire year.
An online bring site consultation in October and November last year resulted in 525 responses and revealed that 78% of residents who responded used the bring sites for excess recycling waste.
Now the District Council is to promote the message that excess recycling material, if contained and visible, can be placed at the side of usual bins and bags for collection. Residents can also go online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/ordernewcontainer or call 01629 761122 to request additional containers if they are frequently producing more recycling waste than their current container holds.
Help will be offered to residents who struggle to store bins or where vehicular access is a problem. In such cases, alternative containers could be provided, together with assistance emptying containers to those who meet specified criteria.
Residents will be able to continue to access household waste recycling centres at Darley Dale, Ashbourne, Chesterfield and Waterswallows, Buxton, as well as private sites at supermarkets.