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Derby mulls stop to recycling

Derby City Council is considering dropping some of its recycling collections as part of proposals to cut £1.2m from its waste management budget.

According to a report by the local authority’s strategic director of neighbourhoods, recycling is not suitable for some inner city areas.

The report recommends stopping mixed recyclables and garden and food waste collections from more than 140 streets in four areas of Derby. The council said Abbey, Arboretum, Mackworth and Normanton wards were “not best suited to the council’s current refuse recycling services”.

Removing the recycling collections and replacing them with weekly black bag collections will cut down on fly tipping and reduce contamination, the report said, as well as reducing “side waste” – where additional bags are left next to black bins for collection.

The report highlighed the issue of students living in the targeted areas: “Properties that are rented to students typically have a high turnover of tenants and have limited access to the rear of the property, making it difficult for residents to manage their waste and remove their bins from the street.”

Cllr Ranjit Banwait, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and Streetpride, told This is Derbyshire schemes to educate people in the affected wards had not been successful, and speculated this could be because of language barriers or lack of education.

Banwait also explained that in communities where there are “pockets of deprivation and poverty”, people are less concerned with recycling than pressing financial concerns.

A charge for an opt-in garden waste collection is also proposed starting next year. The changes would encourage home composting, offset the cost of waste collections and move garden waste up the waste hierarchy, the report said.

The council’s Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Board will today (30 April) discuss the proposals with the report to go before the Council Cabinet in June.

The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee said that each authority was best placed to decide what it right for it. Chair Joy Blizzard said: “Quality of recycling is a huge issue. There may be instances where, despite an authority’s best efforts, contamination is so bad that it causes problems and costs out of proportion to the benefits.”

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