rubbish collections proposed for Burnham-On-Sea area
in the Burnham-On-Sea area could soon have their bins emptied only
once every three weeks if new proposals get the go-ahead.
Waste Partnership, which oversees waste collection in our area,
says the move could save about £1.7m annually across the county
while encouraging more recycling and cutting the amount of rubbish
ending up in landfill sites.
the new system is approved by local authorities it could come into
operation from autumn next year.
Managing director Steve Read said: "At the moment, it's costing
us over £12m just to put things in a hole in the ground."
there are so many other pressures on services that are provided
local authorities, that seems like something that together as a
whole community, we can do something about."
took place within the Taunton Deane borough in 2014 which saw more
than 1,000 households have their collection of black bag waste reduced
from fortnightly to three-weekly, retaining a weekly recycling and
food waste service. The trials were described by the partnership
as having achieved 'significant success'.
A spokesperson from SWP said: "The proposal is to add plastic
pots, tubs and trays (as in yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and fruit
trays) plus household batteries and small electrical items (kettles,
toasters, radios etc if fit into a carrier bag) to the weekly
The plastic items take up a large amount of space in the average
Burnham-on-Sea rubbish bin, so taking them out every week will make
a big difference in the amount of rubbish to be collected if the
proposal is agreed by councillors.
It remains the case that 50% of the average Burnham-on-Sea rubbish
bin is materials that could be recycled each week at the kerbside
today under existing services and another 10% could go to recycling
sites, yet burying that rubbish costs every council tax payer their
share of £12million a year."