Future cleansing and waste services in Christchurch to be considered by BCP Council

Posted on Friday 20 September 2019

Future cleansing and waste services in Christchurch will be discussed by BCP Council later this month (Monday 30 September).

Under the current agreement Dorset Council provides all cleansing and waste services to Christchurch residents, and will continue to do so up until 31 March 2020 when those arrangements come to an end.

At the Cabinet meeting Councillors will consider proposals which will see BCP Council undertake all household rubbish and recycling collections, street cleaning, commercial waste services, garden waste and fly-tipping enforcement in Christchurch from 1 April 2020.

If approved, this would see the continuation of a fortnightly collection of residual waste, weekly collection of food waste and a fortnightly collection of garden waste in Christchurch. The main change from 1 April 2020 will be that residents in Christchurch will need to put all their mixed recycling (including glass) in their recycling bin for fortnightly collection rather than sorting glass in the separate kerbside box.

Also included as part of the report is a recommendation to undertake a strategic review of existing waste and cleansing services across BCP Council and develop a future waste strategy to meet the requirements set out in the government’s Waste Strategy scheduled for 2023.

Councillor Felicity Rice, Cabinet Portfolio Holder responsible for Environment, said; “We have promised to harmonise services as soon as possible and it’s important we ensure a consistent approach is implemented to cleansing and waste services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. These proposals offer an interim solution whilst we develop a new waste strategy for BCP Council.

“It’s important to make clear that residents in Christchurch will not see any change until 1 April 2020. These proposals will mean minimal disruption for residents with the only change being that from 1 April 2020 residents would need to put their mixed recycling including glass in the recycling bin for fortnightly collection rather than sorting glass into the separate kerbside box. We will proactively engage with residents in Christchurch ahead of any changes next year.”

A report on the proposals will be considered at a meeting of BCP Council Cabinet on Monday 30 September.

For more information, please follow the link to the Christchurch waste report.