bin collections in Burnham-On-Sea
get council backing
District Councillors and Somerset Waste Board have this week voted
in favour of a three-weekly waste collection service across the
voted 33-10 in favour of the move during a meeting on Wednesday
(December 14th) and Somerset Waste Board also unanimously backed
the changes on Friday.
means the new schedule for three-weekly collections looks set to
come into operation from the autumn of 2017.
Waste Partnership, which is in charge of rubbish and recycling collections
across the county, says that emptying bins every three weeks instead
of the current two weeks will save about £1.7m a year.
is keen to introduce its Recycle More initiative to encourage people
to recycle more plastic goods. Pilot schemes have already been held
in other parts of Somerset, including Wiveliscombe, with positive
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 recycling
"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."
"It remains the case that 50% of the average Burnham-On-Sea
rubbish bin is material 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."
District Council's Executive Committee had already supported the
changes, which were ratified at the authority's full monthly meeting
this week, despite opposition from several Labour members.
Brian Smedley, who led the Labour opposition to the changes during
Wednesday's district council meeting, said: "The Labour group
attempted to find a compromise motion that could see more trials.
Clearly we all support more recycling and the inclusion of recyclable
plastics, but it was crazy to suggest that pilot schemes in rural
areas like Wiveliscombe were an adequate representation of how it
might work in areas with many narrow terraces, houses in multiple
occupation and numerous flats."