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Wakefield's commingled collections in place

The commingled collection scheme in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, that was delayed due to equipment being stuck in ice in North America is now fully operational.

Wakefield Council was one of the first councils to opt for fully commingled collections under the TEEP regulations. They require local authorities to have household waste collected separately rather than commingled where it is “technically, environmentally and economically practicable” to do so.

After assessing TEEP, Wakefield told residents in December 2014 of the change to fully commingled collections. At that time, paper and cardboard were collected in a wheeled bin while glass, plastic bottles and metals were placed in kerbside boxes. Residual waste and recyclables were both collected fortnightly.

However, in March it announced that delivery of essential recycling equipment had been delayed due to “exceptionally icy conditions” in North America.

The new system, which eventually came into force in mid-July, comprises three bins with fortnightly wheeled bin collections for both residual and mixed dry recyclables.

A council analysis found that separate collections would cost £9,615,838 a year, while its existing collection cost £8,430,491. This compared with the current fully commingled collection service, costing £6,886,325.

A council spokesperson said that delays to the service were not linked to a recent announcement by Shanks that bankrupty of a major supplier had let to an “unavoidable delay” of four months at a cost of £5m.

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