Local residents are being invited by Liberal Democrat run Cheltenham Borough Council to choose their preferred option for future waste and recycling collections
Three options for the service are being presented to residents and, as promised by the Liberal Democrats, all will include the opportunity to recycle more materials from the kerbside. Residents are urged to have their say before the new service launches next year.
You can choose your preferred option here: Waste and recycling options
The Council has put forward three options for waste and recycling collections:
Option A: No change to the way your waste and recycling is collected
Your green wheeled bin (refuse) and green recycling boxes will continue to be collected every other week and the boxes/bins you currently use will stay the same. You will simply benefit from being able to recycle more items from outside your own home. This type of collection service helps ensure that the quality of recyclables collected remains high. The Council has the money to pay for this service.
Option B – Waste is collected every three weeks & recycling collected weekly
Your bins/boxes will stay the same, but your recycling will be increased to a weekly collection. To pay for this, your green wheeled bin (refuse) collection will be reduced to every 3 weeks. It may be that a more frequent recycling collection will mean that you will use your green wheeled (refuse) bin less. This option would save the Council money and could improve on the amount of recycling that is can collected.
Option C – An additional wheeled bin to collect your recycle
Your green wheeled bin and recycling will still be collected every other week but you will have a wheeled bin to collect your recycling. You will also still have a separate recycling box so that the Council can collect your glass separately. This is the most expensive option because the Council would need to spent around £1million on buying additional wheeled bins for everyone.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Chris Coleman said: "At the moment the good news is that nearly 50% of all waste collected in Cheltenham is recycled. New up to date vehicles will have more space so we can collect more recycling including extra items like plastic pots, tubs and trays, more cardboard and possibly textiles, batteries or small electrical items.
"Cheltenham’s Liberal Democrats do not support changing refuse collections to a three weekly schedule and have made sure that this will not happen unless there is significant support from local people. We are however committed to doing everything we can to boost recycling in our town.”
The consultation closes on 14th November so have your say at: Waste and recycling services consultation.