Gedling borough council in Nottinghamshire is collecting glass from households monthly as part of a savings plan to reduce its overall budget by nearly £2.5million during the next three years.
Council cabinet members agreed to finalise its budget reduction plans, which include moving to a monthly household glass collection from this month while increasing its income from its paid-for garden waste collection scheme.
By reducing the frequency of its glass collections, the council hopes to save £90,000 next year, rising to a £130,000 saving in 2014/15.
Until this month, glass was collected in a separate blue box by Gedling council fortnightly alongside a green commingled recycling box. The council – which recorded a 36.41% recycling rate in 2012/13 – will continue to collect green boxes and black bag refuse every two weeks.
Glass collected in separate boxes from households is taken to recycling company Recresco’s site in Kirkby, Ashfield, and also to Wastecycle’s facility at nearby Colwick.
Commingled recycling material, meanwhile, is sent to Veolia Environmental Services’ 85,000 tonnes per year capacity materials recycling facility (MRF) in Mansfield under a contract with Nottinghamshire county council.
The council’s waste management budget for 2013/14 was £2,017,600, but under the approved changes this will be reduced to £1,769,700 next year – representing an overall reduction of £247,000.
The changes follow a public consultation last year on the council’s budget, with the council facing severe financial pressures following the prolonged downturn of the economy and the announcement of further reductions in the government grant.
In addition to savings from glass collection changes, the council hopes additional income streams – as well as the likes of ‘efficiencies in equipment and printing’ and a review of the waste services structure – will produce additional waste management budget savings of £114,300 during the next three years.
An increase in the number of garden waste collection service customers is expected to bring in additional income of £24,900. Garden waste is collected monthly from January to March and fortnightly the rest of the year for an annual fee of £34.
A report to the cabinet states there will be “additional income from increased uptake to the garden waste scheme, the introduction of bin sales for new developments and increased tonnage recycling rates”.
Furthermore, as part of its Gedling Plan 2014/15, the council aims to ‘investigate and implement a planned programme of activities and initiatives to further minimise the amount of waste disposed of either at landfill or by incineration”.
Gedling is not the first authority in Nottinghamshire to introduce monthly glass collections. Broxtowe borough council also began collecting glass monthly in bags in 2008.