Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Since the formation of BCP Council in April
2019 it has been known that within waste services, there are
several operating procedures that need to be aligned between the
three legacy councils.
Whilst a new waste strategy for BCP Council will be produced, there is currently national uncertainty regarding waste services. In December 2018, the document ‘Our Waste, Our resources: a strategy for England’ was published followed by a consultation period in 2019. Results of the consultation were published, and the second round of consultations are due to take place in 2021.
Prior to developing our own waste strategy, there are several operational decisions that need to be made as carrying on as we are is becoming increasingly difficult. Now Christchurch is no longer being serviced by Dorset Waste Partnership, it is now possible to address some of these issues.
(a) Bin sizes and colours
(i) Recycling – Cabinet approves the replacement of all current recycling bins, as and when they break, with 240 litre black bins with blue lids.
(ii) Refuse – Cabinet approves the replacement of 140 litre bins in Bournemouth and Christchurch with 180 litre as and when they break.
(iii) Garden waste
- Cabinet approves the replacement of all 140 litre bins in Bournemouth with 240 litre bins (black bin with green lid) and a borrowing of £380k to be repaid over the expected life of a bin.
- Cabinet approves the replacement of all garden waste bins which need replacing in Poole and Christchurch when damaged with 240 litre black bins with green lids.
- Cabinet approves the garden waste price for the 2021 service at £49 per bin, which is an above inflation increase in charge to cover the borrowing cost and allow for the Bournemouth bins to be replaced with 240 litre bins.
(iv) Food Waste
Cabinet defers any decision about the possibility of introducing a food waste service in Poole until further guidance and information is given by central government.
(b) Charges for bins/bags
- Cabinet approves the harmonisation of charges across the three areas based on the current prices in Bournemouth. If 180 litre refuse bins are agreed as standard, this price would increase to £45. If 240 litre garden waste bins are agreed as standard, this price would increase to £55
- Cabinet approves the removal of the provision of free food waste liners in Bournemouth and the use of the savings of £20,000 for waste and recycling education
- Cabinet approves only permitting requests for additional recycling bins for medical or larger families’ needs
- Cabinet approves the introduction of a charge for properties with bags, which are not suitable for bins, based on the projected life of a wheeled bin, which would be a cost of £12.50 per year (52 bags)
- Cabinet approves the removal of the right to request additional refuse bags for households with one or more children in nappies in Christchurch
- Cabinet approves that those in receipt of certain income based benefits may be able to have a replacement bin free of charge. The qualifying benefits are:
o Council Tax Benefit (not Discount)
o Housing Benefit
o Income Support.
- Cabinet approves that where bins are lost during collection or damaged through the collection process officers will use their discretion and the replacement bin may be provided free of charge.
(c) Side waste – Cabinet approves the cessation of side waste collection in Bournemouth and Christchurch to allow rationalisation of rounds to increase efficiencies.
(d) WEEE collections – Cabinet approves the cessation of WEEE collections in Bournemouth once the recycling collection service is brought back in-house in October 2020.
(f) Home compost bin subsidy – Cabinet approves the introduction of the subsidy in Bournemouth and Christchurch at a cost of approximately £5,000 per year.
(g) Real nappy incentive scheme – Cabinet approves:
- the introduction of the Real Nappy incentive scheme currently offered in Bournemouth and Christchurch to residents of Poole; and
- the introduction of a nappy start-up kit as an alternative to the current £30 incentive across BCP Council.
Portfolio Holder: Environment and Climate Change
To align waste services between the three legacy council areas.
Report author: Laura Neil
Publication date: 11/09/2020
Date of decision: 09/09/2020
Decided at meeting: 09/09/2020 - Cabinet
Effective from: 19/09/2020
Current call-in Count: 0