Burnley Borough Council has axed its kerbside collection schemes after its Government funding ended and Lancashire County Council changed its recycling-finance policy.
Fortnightly collections of glass and cans were suspended this week, with garden waste collections to cease in October. Environmental, commercial and support manager Karen Davies said: The funds we secured from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have provided popular services and the council hasnt taken the decision to suspend them lightly.
Burnleys DEFRA funding ended in April and the borough has supported the collection schemes since, while negotiating funding with the county council.
This has proved difficult because in February, Lancashire County Council stopped paying districts for the tonnage of recyclables collected in favour of a Cost Sharing Proposal (CSP), where districts are paid £16.40 for every household that is provided with a three-stream recycling service of green waste, dry recyclables and residual waste.
Burnley council said that it couldnt provide such a scheme without a substantial increase in its household waste budget and are therefore unable to access the new funding mechanism.
Without CSP money the council said the cost of recycling had to be met by the Council Tax payer and at present these costs were considered too high. Burnley was keen to point out that the services were only suspended and hoped to resume them as soon as possible. Head of Burnleys street scene unit Sarah Schofield said: The council is working hard to find a solution as quickly as possible. While the changes will have an effect on the amount we recycle, we are working hard to make sure the effect is as small as possible.
Over the past three years Burnley has increased its household waste recycling from 4.5% to 15.5%. Its Government-set target is 18% by March 2006 and despite its setback it is hopeful of reaching this target, especially if people continue to recycle at bring sites. Schofield said: Local people were very supportive in taking recyclable materials to the bring sites before we introduced kerbside collections and I hope they will use the sites until we can find a sustainable programme of recycling collections.