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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Consultation underway to change bin collections in Copeland

Consultations have been launched on plans to change doorstep waste collections in Copeland.

The council is asking for views on a proposal to limit garden waste collections to one brown bin per home and introduce communal roadside collection points for ‘off-route’ homes.

It also wants to change the criteria for families to be eligible for large bins, raising the threshold from five residents to six and charge a one-off fee for families to have a large bin.

The shake-up is aimed at saving the council £120,000 on its waste service.

The saving will be made, says the council, by making changes to the way it collects rubbish to allow it to remove one bin lorry from the road and redeploy crew.

The council stresses that the changes it has outlined are only proposals at this stage, and can be amended during the consultation.

The consultation is targeting the collections that take longer than the average of 20 seconds to complete; the 1,500 with assisted collections, the 750 with off-route collections, the 1,500 with large bins and those with multiple brown bins.

Consultations end on September 7.

Allan Holliday, portfolio holder for environment and sustainability, said: “We are consulting on a range of proposals which are designed to help us save around £120,000 from the cost of running our household waste collection service.

“We believe that we can reduce the number of vehicles we need to provide the service, and therefore save this money, but to do this we need to increase our efficiency in a number of areas. We realise that these proposals could have an impact on our residents so we are keen to hear their views.”


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