Liverpool City Council is tackling low-recycling inner city areas and plans to roll out weekly waste collections to boost its struggling rates.
The authority, which recycled 30% of its household waste in 2015-16, plans to expand its weekly recycling services to all city centre apartment blocks and pilot the scheme in some terraced areas.
In the next six months, the council will replace 55-litre boxes with 90-litre reusable sacks to 28,000 terraced properties. It will also remove an estimated 3,000 unauthorised residual waste bins.
Communications campaigns will target areas where recycling participation is poor. There will also be a city-wide campaign, including work with primary schools, to promote the importance of recycling.
Terraced properties in Liverpool recycle an average of 15.6% of their waste compared with the best performing areas of the city, which achieve 30-40%.
At the end of February, the council plans a programme of work to improve environmental conditions at 28,000 terraced properties with 4ft alleyways.
“This programme will involve a co-ordinated approach to improving the cleanliness of alleyways by encouraging residents to store their waste appropriately to avoid attracting rodents, increasing residents’ capacity to store and present recycling materials, tackling problems associated with trade waste being fly-tipped by business owners through increased enforcement and seeking to recruit community champions to assist the council to maintain improvements,” the council’s meeting minutes say.
The programme will be supported by two additional hit teams to tackle fly-tipping and more resources to take enforcement action against those responsible.
WRAP awarded the council £57,000 last year to introduce recycling collections for city centre properties.
To date, 4,605 properties have been added to a fortnightly city centre recycling collection round which yields approximately 3.8 tonnes a week. A trial of weekly recycling service increased the yield to 1.4 tonnes of recycling per 1,000 properties.
But it said implementation of separate food waste collections was not cost-effective because there was limited treatment infrastructure available regionally.
The council’s cabinet will vote on the recommendations on 17 February, with implementation to begin the week after.