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Guildford Borough Council to consider three-weekly bin collections

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Guildford Borough Council to consider three-weekly bin collections

Published at 1:18pm 30th July 2018.

By: Rebecca Curley, Local Democracy Reporter


Bin collections in Guildford could become three-weekly from next year if proposals go ahead.

Earlier this month a wider review into the council's recycling and waste collection services reported the possible change, leading to some councillors to raise concerns over the idea.

The changes are still under review and the final proposals will be reported to the Community Executive Advisory Board for consideration prior to the Council Executive seeking approval in June 2019.

Among those concerned is cllr Jenny Wicks, she said: “I think three-weekly collection is beyond what they would regard as reasonable.

“There will be good citizens and orderly households that have no problem.

“There may be disorderly households who have a problem with the existing service and that will be compounded. And there will be quite ordinary people who will be confused.”

The review is taking place in response to China’s ban on certain foreign rubbish and the UK Government’s deposit scheme for glass and plastic bottles.

It is looking at the possibility of introducing new single-body lorries in the first phase and in a second phase changing emptying black bins, recycling bins and sacks to a three week cycle including splitting up paper and card from other recyclable items.

There are no plans to carry out a public consultation on the review but to communicate any changes the executive of the council decides in 2019 when it looks at implementing phase 2.

Cllr Tony Rooth said it should be open to public consultation and voted on by full council.

He said: “Whatever we come up with is going to be more complicated than it is at the moment. I think we do need to communicate that to residents and consult them because they are at the end of this service.

“It is the most popular, the most tangible service we as a borough provide for our residents and what they see as what their council tax pays for.

“It’s extremely important for them to be consulted, because they will know from their own circumstances some things will work and some things will not work.”

Deputy council leader cllr Matt Furniss wanted to stress the changes were still under review.

He said: “No decision has yet been made.

“We are literally in the early stages. We do need to replace the fleet but we are seeing what flexible options we have there bearing in mind we have got the issue about certain recyclable items not being accepted in China anymore and the Government’s pay deposit scheme

“There is a very changing climate and we do need to respond to that.”

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