Council bins rubbish collection change
PUBLISHED: 18:02 26 July 2015
Rubbish collections will remain fortnightly, after North Somerset Council promised it will discount the idea of introducing three-weekly collections, having discussed the prospect at a behind-the-scenes briefing.
As revealed by the Times last week, the council has in recent weeks been debating a raft of measures to cut costs and prevent council tax rises, with three-weekly collections among the options.
Cllr Jan Barber, vice chairman of the council scrutiny panel which is looking at the possibilities, told Nailsea Town Council that North Somerset ‘could bring in three-weekly collections’, while the authority told the Times last week it was looking at how successful trials in other parts of the country have been.
But this week, North Somerset has decided it will no longer consider them.
A spokesman said: “Our current contract with Kier is up for renewal in 18 months and this gives us an opportunity to look at how we can improve our services further.
“The current contract is working well and we are consistently one of the best performing authorities in the country for recycling.
“We’re keen to maintain and improve these high levels of performance and to encourage people to recycle even more in future.
“At a recent briefing session for councillors, various ideas were discussed about how the service could look in the future. This included general discussion about what other local authorities have done and how a contract could be changed to save money.
“The topic of three-weekly rubbish collections was discussed, as this is something other authorities have adopted.”
The spokesman though promised North Somerset will not pursue three-weekly collections any further.
Changes though could include ‘using green bins rather than bags for green garden waste and extending collections to six days a week’. Nothing has been agreed yet.
The decision to not consider three-weekly collections anymore will be welcomed by many.
Several families contacted the Times following Cllr Barber’s comments saying three-weekly collections would be impossible to cope with.