ONLINE POLL: Ashfield District Council plans weekly food bin collections

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NEW weekly food waste collections could be introduced in Ashfield if councillors approve proposals to make changes to bin collections.

Ashfield District Council’s Cabinet will be discussing at a meeting tomorrow, the authority’s application to the Government to start a weekly, district-wide collection of food waste.

The proposal would see around 2,700 tonnes of food waste collected each year and sent for anaerobic digestion, upping the council’s recycling and composting rate by an estimated six per cent.

Households would be provided with a five litre kitchen caddy, 23 litre kerbside container and cornstarch bags, in which to store their food waste prior to collection.

Edd de Coverly, service director (environment), recommends in his report that the service runs for at least five years - three of which will be funded by Government, with the other two years having to be funded by the council itself.

Plans will also be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting to reorganise the existing Ashfield District Council waste collection and recycling rounds in order to ‘improve efficiency’.

Though the new rounds have not yet been developed, the aim would be to collect as much waste as possible in ‘one-pass’, thereby reducing the number of rounds for ad hoc services, such as schools recycling and emptying litter bins.

It is anticipated that this will result in the reduction of one driver’s job and one vehicle.

Mr de Coverly’s report states that should the round redesign be approved, it ‘could free up partial crew capacity, enabling that to be utilised for rolling out a commercial recycling service’ and growing the council’s commercial waste business.