Swindon Borough Council’s Proposed Changes for Recycling and Green Waste collection

SBC looks to introduce fortnightly recycling collection service

​Residents will be consulted on the council moving to a combined fortnightly waste and recycling collection service on the same day, if plans get the go-ahead.

These changes, proposed to take effect from February, 2014 would mean residents have the convenience of their general waste and recycling, including plastics, being collected on the same day fortnightly. A separate improved collection service for green waste is also being put forward as part of the Council’s corporate plans which will be presented at a Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday, October 23, and if approved a formal consultation process will begin.

Residents who cannot accommodate a wheelie bin and have blue bags for their rubbish would continue to receive a weekly collection for their waste and the weekly recycling would switch to fortnightly, including plastics on the same day.

The Council remains committed to encouraging residents to recycle and it is anticipated existing recycling levels of 45% would be maintained. Households already have two orange boxes and some have a third. Additional boxes would be available on request at a charge of £5 each, as is currently the case.

SBC seeks to improve green waste collection service for residents

Split bags of garden waste could be a thing of the past for most residents, if plans to consult the public on the introduction of a household green waste wheelie bin collection service from April next year get the go-ahead.

Subject to approval at a Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday, October 23, the Council will consult residents on the proposed new service, which would cost households £35 per year for a fortnightly collection and see an end to the inconvenience of green plastic bags.

The current service, introduced in 2006, has encountered recent problems. Increasing demand and financial pressures led to a four bag limit per household taking effect in May. Many residents have complained that this is insufficient and has added to the problem of bags splitting and the nasty smell of rotting green waste.

Wheelie bins would allow residents to dispose of more green waste in a contained, tidy way. Around a third of local authorities in England already charge residents for green waste collection and wheelie bins are most commonly used.

Receiving this service would be entirely optional, so residents who don’t have a garden, choose to compost or take green waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, would not be affected or required to pay.

For those who want the service, there would be an initial registration cost of £35, which includes a green bin – or supply of green bags for properties unsuitable for a wheelie bin. In addition there would be an annual £35 service charge, which equates to a cost of less than £1.50 per fortnightly collection, provided all year round except two weeks over the quiet Christmas period. In comparison, before 2006 residents who wanted their green waste collecting bought green bags from the council for £1 each.

It is recognised that special provision may be necessary for particularly vulnerable residents. The proposals include offering an assisted collection for those with limited mobility, as applies to wheelie bins for general household waste, subject to the same charges.  Residents would also be able to continue taking household green waste free of charge to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, where it goes on to be composted.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the changes could form part of the Council’s 2014/2015 corporate plan and are projected to achieve £635k savings in the first year, helping to bridge the estimated budget gap of £15million due to funding reductions, rising demand and cost pressures.

If Cabinet gives the go-ahead to consult, all residents will be consulted on these proposals and invited to share their views as part of the public consultation starting at the end of October.  These views will then be reported back to Cabinet so a final decision can be made.

Further details of both measures are available on SBC website:


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