Malvern Hills district council looks set to pull out of a joint waste and #recycling collection contract procurement with neighbouring Wychavon council, after a report claimed there is ‘no financial benefit’ to outsourcing the service. Instead, the Worcestershire local authority is due to consider reducing the frequency of refuse collections and retaining the in-house service in order to find £250,000 worth of savings per year.
Food waste schemes are a proven way of boosting tonnages and increasing recycling rates. Scottish councils are among the most enthusiastic food waste collectors, with some 56 per cent of authorities operating separate food waste schemes and a further 19 per cent where food is mixed with the garden waste, according to the latest WRAP statistics
Local authorities have an unfair share of the responsibility for reducing waste and increasing recycling, according to think tank Green Alliance, which revealed waste packaging and food leftovers from this Christmas alone will have cost councils £72m.
#Peterborough City Council anticipates a 25% increase in domestic food waste tonnage, some 90 tonnes a month, along with annual cost savings of around £65,000, following a change in its #recycling strategy. Providing Peterborough’s 82,000 homes with the Cromwell liners free of charge is a viable option as the price of standard liners is significantly cheaper than #biodegradable