The Council is today announcing new household recycling collection arrangements. These have been implemented on an emergency basis as the Council’s former recycling contractor has gone into administration.
The Council has therefore moved to in-house recycling collection arrangements and is aiming to maintain services and minimise disruption as far as possible.
As arrangements are finalised, there may be some disruption over the next few weeks while appropriate collection vehicles are organised. The Council will be using its garden waste collection vehicles to maintain recycling services. This means it will not be possible to keep ‘inner caddy’ paper items separate for a short time. However, these recyclable wastes will be sent to a Material Recycling Facility for sorting.
Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, commented, “I’m disappointed for the loss of our current recycling contractor, but I am very grateful for the hard work and proactive reaction of Council officers to consider and put alternative arrangements in place so we can continue recycling collections. We remain committed to maintaining services and driving up recycling rates so we’re working to complete this transition as soon as possible.
“We’ve also transferred existing staff from the contractor over to the Council’s team so their jobs are maintained and I’d like to note my thanks to all our refuse and recycling staff for their continued hard work and dedication in delivering collections across our District - all the more so during the challenges of Covid-19.
“We’re working hard to minimise any disruption to collections and will keep residents updated over the coming days.“