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Supporting composting and rewarding food waste recycling


Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is being asked next week to agree to start the process to put in place a new contract to compost around 50,000 tonnes of garden waste annually.


All district councils in Gloucestershire offer a separate door-to-door collection of garden waste to residents. Garden waste can also be taken to the five county council Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) and Cheltenham Borough Council’s Swindon Road recycling centre.

The county council then arranges the composting of this garden waste for the districts. The current contract for the bulking, haulage and composting of garden waste expires on 31st January 2020.

Composting provides the best environmental solution, remains the lowest cost option and saves an estimated 1200 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year. The composting of garden waste contributes around 18% to Gloucestershire’s recycling rate. 

The county council also promotes home composting and provides low cost home composting bins and accessories. This support helps to reduce the amount of garden waste collected, but there is still significant demand for the door-to-door and HRC services.

At the same meeting, cabinet will also be asked to approve the renegotiation of the agreements with the district councils to collect food waste. These agreements require the districts to collect food waste separately.

Separate food waste collections reduce waste treatment and disposal costs, have helped to increase recycling performance and are good for the environment.

At the moment though, there are differences in the targets set and there is a wide variation in the payments made rewarding each district with a different level of payment per tonne of food waste collected.

Cllr Nigel Moor, the cabinet member responsible for waste at the county council, said: “We want to continue to make payments to all six district councils to reward them for collecting food waste for recycling.

“By giving notice to end and then renegotiating the agreements we will make sure that the incentive payment procedures are standardised to provide consistency and fairness for all.

“I know that the public really value the garden waste collections provided by the districts and the service provided at our HRCs so we want to make sure that we can continue to compost this waste as efficiently and cost effectively as we can in the future.”

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