Important changes to bin collections up for debate in Erewash

Various ideas are being considered by EBC.
Various ideas are being considered by EBC.

More than 3,000 tonnes of recyclable material is still being sent to landfill by Erewash residents – spurring the borough council into action.

The authority is now planning to spend £63,500 to look into two pilot schemes which aim to address the issue.

Pilot scheme one would see residents offered the opportunity to use their brown garden bin for recycling, in addition to their blue bin – and would cost £25,500 a year. Residents would only be allowed to take this opportunity if their brown bin is no longer going to be used for garden waste.

If approved, residents would have a blue bin lid fitted to their brown bin to designate it as an additional blue bin – these would cost the council £10 each,  around 500 of which have been budgeted for.

In 2009, the authority brought in charges for their blue bins, with residents asked to pay £27.40 for a 140-litre bin and £29.55 for a 240-litre version.

Residents who do not wish to purchase a bin may use green recycling bags, which are free of charge.

Since then, 32,899 have been bought by residents – 64 per cent of households – bringing in between £901,432-£972,165.

However, around 3,000 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill could be recycled.

Council officers say that one cause of this could be that some residents do not live close to the borough’s recycling centre on the Manners Industrial Estate in Ilkeston, or do not have a mode of transport, so they are disposing of some items in their black general waste bins instead.

This has prompted pilot scheme two, which would see the borough council park bin lorries in set locations throughout the week for a few hours at a time – at a cost of £23,000 a year. Residents would be encouraged to bring disposable items to the teams stationed at these points. These would be bulky items largely not eligible for Derbyshire County Council’s pick-up service.

Some examples of items which could be disposed via the “community collection service” are bags of soil; unwanted toys; bedding; small household electrical items; small items of furniture such as stools; and items such as greenhouse frames or glass.

The scheme would not cater for items more suited to the chargeable bulky waste collection service operated by the county council – such as TV or computer screens; tyres; fridges/freezers or gas bottles.

Four geographic areas have been chosen for this pilot option, based on distance from the recycling centre, prevalence of fly-tipping and levels of deprivation – which may see fewer car owners.

Bin lorries crews would park up in this areas from 8am until noon, and neighbourhood wardens would patrol the sites to deter fly-tipping.

These broad areas would be Sandiacre, Borrowash, Little Eaton and Larklands in Ilkeston.

The majority of the costs of implementing this pilot scheme on a trial basis comes from the council’s current approved budget, with extra costs amounting to £27,500 out of its £110,000 revenue budget.

These proposals are due to be debated on Tuesday at the council executive meeting held in Ilkeston Town Hall.