SEP 00] NUNEATON & BEDWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Council To Bring In Organic Rubbish Collection
Nuneaton and Bedworth are going green
– not because of mold, but it is to do with rubbish.
The borough council is set to bring in
collections of organic waste, as part of a drive to cut down on the
amount of biodegradable waste that ends up on a tip.
Glenn Fleet, refuse cleansing and
marketing manager, for the council said:
“There is potentially far more
organic material available in the domestic waste stream than is
collected at present.
“The council has offered its
residents a variety of home composters over the last five years.
“Although the composters are
suitable for recycling general kitchen and garden waste, they are
not capable of accepting large quantities of green waste.
“The Government’s target in the
National Waste Strategy published in June this year was that 25 per
cent of household waste should be either recycled or composted by
the year 2005, and that 30 per cent should be recycled or composted
And the introduction of the European
Landfill Directive will set progressive targets to reduce the amount
of biodegradable waste sent to landfill sites.
A look at household waste shows that 60
per cent is biodegradable, and the amount of garden rubbish in a bin
varies between 21 and 38 per cent.
An integrated Waste Strategy for
Warwickshire is being drawn up, but Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough
Council wants to take action now.
Thus will be done with two staff and a
3.5 tonne cleaning vehicle to collect the garden and green
That will be shredded and taken to a
composting site at Gaydon, near Leamington, for now until a similar
site opens in the north of the county.
The borough council will save money as
this waste will be accepted for free, whereas the council now pays
more then £23 per tonne to take it to the usual tip.
To start with, the new organic
collection service will be once a week, and might increase if there is
A charge of £15 per trip will be made
for the service taking away up to a 3.5 tonne van load.
The problem of dumping green waste
increased with a ‘van ban’ at council tips across Warwickshire.