THE success of South Derbyshire’s new green recycling bin rollout could see recycling ‘bring sites’ be put under threat.
It was revealed at Linton Area Forum this week, that the success of the green bin operation has been higher than expected and now that more items can be recycled from the kerbside, there may be less use for the bring sites.
Bob Ledger, South Derbyshire District Council’s head of housing and environmental services who has been in charge of the rollout, said they would eventually gage the usage of bring sites then make a recommendation on what they do, but added it was too early to conduct a review on the new bins which are under a month old.
However, Bob Wheeler, leader of the district council and chairman of the forum, said: “The collections from kerbside are very high, higher than we predicted and we have to see a drop in the number of items being dropped off at the centres.”
Mr Ledger added: “There isn’t a decision yet.
“We have 83 bring sites in south Derbyshire and it wouldn’t make sense to retain all 83 sites but so long as sites are there then the arrangements continue.”
Figures recently released by the district council show the amount of waste recycled has almost tripled since the green bin service was rolled out.
It is a move which led to the amount of rubbish recycled to increase by 188 per cent to 417 tonnes in the last two weeks from 145 tonnes in the same period last year.
Much of the extra recycled material is plastic and cardboard which could not be left at the kerbside with the previous system.
Under the new scheme, plastics and cardboard can be recycled alongside tins, cans, aerosols, foil, mixed glass, paper and textiles.
Card and paper go in the caddy, with all other materials placed into the main body of the bin. Textiles are collected in a separate bag.
The new system aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Councillor Wheeler added he had had about 100 complaints but said: “100 complaints out of 44,000 South Derbyshire residents is encouraging.”
The council was also praised after it was noted that anyone with mobility issues can have their bin taken and bought back to their home.
SOUTH Derbyshire District Council stressed it has ‘no plans’ to charge residents to collect their brown bins.
Members of Linton Area Forum said they were concerned after it was revealed that Derby City Council will start charging its residents £40 a year to collect their brown bins, while residents in North West Leicestershire may also be charged £30 for the privilege.
However, both Bob Wheeler, chairman of the forum and leader of South Derbyshire District Council, as well as Bob Ledger, the district council’s head of housing and environmental services, said there are ‘no plans’ to introduce the charges to the district.
In Derby city, the paid-for service will start in April next year, in a bid to save the council £1.2 million
If the charges are introduced in North West Leicestershire, it would come into force in 2015 with collections carried out from March to October.
Environmentalists say the move will have a negative effect on recycling rates.
Currently, three out of seven districts in Leicestershire charge for garden waste collections.