Cornwall Council's new waste collection service due to be phased in from Summer 2021 is expected to increase recycling by over 10% and create over 100 new jobs.
Rob Nolan, Portfolio holder for the Environment and Public Protection says it is a “matter of concern that Cornwall languish in the bottom 25% of recycling authorities in the UK. The public have told us they want this to be improved and that is what we are doing.”
Currently Cornwall recycle just 38% of their waste with levels of recycling varying across the County. The new waste contract will dramatically boost recycling rates to over 50% sending Cornwall up the national recycling league table in the process.
Residual waste which currently goes to the heat to waste plant in St Dennis will be considerably reduced as people are encouraged to recycle more dry waste. Food waste, which makes up and estimated 25% plus of current waste, will be sent for anaerobic digestion and conversion to energy.
Rob Nolan said, “The awarding of Cornwall Council’s waste contract to Biffa is a major step forward for recycling efforts across Cornwall and will transform our recycling rates. The Liberal Democrat Group on Cornwall Council are deeply committed to increase recycling and are also looking at ways to increase reuse of recycled materials.”
Over 100 new jobs will be created through the waste contact and up to eighteen new apprenticeships.
A new state of the art fleet of recycling vehicles will be commissioned to pick up food on a weekly basis. Dry recycling and the reduced amount of residual waste will be picked up fortnightly. To make it easy for residents they will be provided with their choice of either a 180ltr wheelie bin or a new seagull proof sack to store residual waste as well as improved dry recycling storage.
Residents will also be supplied with a small food caddie to store food waste in the kitchen which, when full, can be transferred to larger sealed container outside the household until collection.
Adam Paynter, Deputy Leader of the Cornwall Council said, “This is a win-win situation for local residents and the environment. More recycling and better collection facilities equals a greener peninsula here in Cornwall. Liberal Democrats are committed to increase recycling rates a cross Cornwall and to help tackle climate change.”