Waste services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are one step closer to being aligned, following a report that is being considered by BCP Council’s Cabinet on 9 September. The report outlines several key operational changes to increase efficiency and deliver a more comprehensive waste service for residents across the three towns.
One of the main changes to be considered by cabinet, is an increase in the size of Bournemouth’s garden waste bins from 140 litres to 240 litres in line with Christchurch and Poole’s bins, with a recommended 2021 service fee of £49 per bin across the conurbation.
Cabinet will also make a decision on extending the Real Nappy incentive scheme offered in Bournemouth and Christchurch to residents of Poole, with the introduction of a nappy start-up kit as an alternative to the £30 incentive currently being offered, to minimise the impact of disposable nappies on the environment.
Other waste service changes that will be determined at cabinet include:
- Bin colours and size
- replacing broken or lost bins
- standardising replacement bin charges
- introduction of a home compost bin subsidy in Bournemouth and Christchurch
- introduction of a battery collection service in Poole
- removal of the free food waste liners in Bournemouth
- cessation of side waste collection in Bournemouth and Christchurch
- cessation of waste electrical equipment collection at the kerbside.
Councillor Felicity Rice, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change commented:
“The proposed changes to our waste service highlights our commitment in working towards full alignment of this service across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, ensuring equality for all our residents.
“We understand residents in Bournemouth are keen to have a larger garden waste bin which is why we have brought forward these proposals enabling us to address the issue of disparity of bin sizes across the three towns. As garden waste collection is a paid for service we can to do this by covering the costs associated with providing new bins through the income generated in fees and charges.
“Making small changes – like extending the Real Nappy incentive to Poole – all helps in leading our communities towards a cleaner, more sustainable future that preserves our outstanding environment for generations to come. An estimated three billion nappies are thrown away every year with the vast majority of nappies not recyclable and ending up in expensive treatment facilities. This incentive is a positive step in ensuring sustainability underpins all of our policies.”
BCP council wants to create vibrant communities with outstanding quality of life where everyone plays an active role, and full alignment of council services will play an active role in achieving this.
The report is going to cabinet on 9 September, which can be watched live on our YouTube channel here.