bid to reduce Somerset's £12m annual bill for burying rubbish
Waste Partnership is making good progress in its plans to end
almost all use of landfill in Somerset and reduce the present
£12 million a year cost of rubbish disposal through burying
governing Somerset Waste Board (SWB) of councillors from all six
Somerset local authorities approved on Friday (September 25th)
a progress report and gave the go-ahead to issue a European-wide
tender to find a company to provide an alternative to landfill
latest stage also involved seeking two sites for waste transfer
stations, one to serve broadly the east of the county and one
to serve the west, where domestic rubbish can be bulked up for
transport out of county for treatment or turning into fuel for
export or UK use.
options were whittled down from more than 60 possible sites to
a shortlist of ten for the west and seven to serve the east. The
search has homed-in to two preferred options, and one fall-back,
on the basis of availability, size, position, risk of congestion,
likelihood of gaining planning and permitting consent, and costs.
spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Bidders will not be obliged
to use the two preferred sites but they will be available for
any bidder who does not have any alternatives. While the SWP preferred
options do not include the existing landfill sites at Dimmer and
Walpole, these could still also be proposed by bidders."
approved by the SWB, the locations of the preferred sites will
be identified later, once land negotiations have been concluded
and when applications for planning permission and Environment
Agency permits are made."
cost savings sought by the six councils that make up SWP's partnership
could be secured and exceeded by Somerset residents simply by
recycling far more and wasting far less, as 50% of the average
rubbish bin could be recycled at the kerbside and a further 10%
recycled at Somerset network of 16 recycling sites."
part of its efforts to help residents waste less, recycle more
and save money, SWP unveiled today the new livery for its rubbish
collection vehicles. The new wrap livery is both a
protective system to preserve the appearance and value of the
vehicle and promotes a strong waste message."
The local authority members of Somerset Waste Board with a rubbish
truck in its new promotional livery