Food consultation comments made public
ahead of final decision
FEEDBACK from Wirral residents about
proposals to introduce a new weekly food waste collection service have been
published, as the Council gears up to make a decision on how best to improve
recycling rates in the borough.
In 2016, the Council began investigating bringing in a new food waste
collection service, which would see every resident receive a new, small bin to
store food waste; which would then be collected every week.
The move was proposed in an effort to increase recycling rates in the borough to
50% of all household waste.
As part of this change, the proposal would see the
existing bins either reduced in size OR collected every 3 weeks.
The consultation findings have been posted on the Council
New Council environment lead, Cllr Phillip Brightmore, says the public feedback
has been invaluable as he pulls together plans to improve recycling. He said:-
"The consultation last year led to an extensive public debate on
recycling. I think that's incredibly positive; the more people talk about
recycling, the more it is on their minds and that can only help as we work hard
to protect our local environment. For me, it is absolutely clear; any
changes to how we collect waste and encourage recycling have to meet three key
conditions: they must be affordable, they must lead to massively improved
recycling levels and, crucially, they must be acceptable to our residents.
That's why I have taken the decision to publish all of the feedback we've
received now, in advance of any decisions being taken, so people can see what
their fellow residents are saying, we can consider all of the different opinions
and continue this debate. I absolutely understand how important this
service is to our residents and I pledge to take every view into account as we
continue our review, develop our proposal and make our decision."
A decision on the food waste collection service will be made in the coming
months, and is part of a wider regional review of waste collection. While that
review continues, Wirral is launching a new plan to help residents recycle more.
The plan will start in the coming weeks, and will involve:-
► Workshops and events throughout Wirral, demonstrating new ideas for how
household items can be recycled, repaired or reused.
► A new communications campaign, making sure every resident has the information
they need on what they can recycle and how to do it.
► Visiting Schools, youth Centres and community organisation to talk about
recycling and giving residents face to face advice and support.
► Making sure every resident has the right bins in decent condition to help them
recycle as much as they can.