Why do we need another bin?
The replacement scheme will cost the Council up to £1.5m for the supply of the bins,that will be recouped in less than 2 years due to the collected recycling being a better priced commodity if separated out. It will save approximately £800k of Council tax money each year which can be better spent on providing important services.
It will also help prevent 1800 tonnes of recycling going to landfill each year, as the burgundy bin contains this tonnage of paper and cardboard, which can be recycled.
It will also bring the borough in line with most other areas across the country who already have this scheme.
The Government also expects all Councils to adopt this approach by 2022 as separating recycling collections has been proven to increase recycling rates.
Over the past two years officers and volunteers have worked together to survey residents about recycling. The survey found residents were confused by what could and couldn’t be recycled.
A further waste analysis, by an independent organisation called Resource Futures analysed 400 sample bins across the borough.
This highlighted that the grey recycling bin was being contaminated by soiled nappies, medical waste, food and unwashed tins – meaning whole lorry loads of recycling were contaminated and had to be taken to landfill. It can’t be separated by hand due to the sheer volumes of waste.
At the moment, recyclable materials such as plastics, cardboard, glass and paper collected from homes across the borough are transported 127 miles north to a specialist processing facility in Wallsend, Teeside of which there is only currently a small number in the country as this is becoming an outdated collection process. Using the new system means we can take the materials to sites more locally.
Householders will receive further information in this year’s edition of the Shuttle magazine which is being delivered to every home in the borough in March.
Further instructions will be issued before the change is made in summer including a new collection dates calendar for every household.
What else is being done to improve things?
A new fleet of six refuse and recycling vehicles will arrive in March taking advantage of technological and fuel saving advances. The new fleet are the Dennis Eagle model, similar to what the fire service use.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has joined others across the country in declaring a climate emergency setting out clear targets and objectives.
A Climate Change Action Plan is set to be approved at tonight’s Executive Board meeting.