Castle Point Council could roll out wheelie bins to hit waste targets

An Essex council which is still asking residents to leave bin liners on the street for collection is considering rolling out wheelie bins.

Castle Point Borough Council has said moving to wheelie bins will likely improve its recycling performance by limiting the volume of general waste each household can produce to 180 litres per fortnight.

Castle Point’s recycling performance was 49 per cent in 2021/22 – the seventh best recycling performance in Essex.

However, the council’s recycling performance has reached a plateau and performance has decreased slightly in recent years.

It also has concerns over scavenging and split sacks as well as seeing a high level of contamination in its pink recycling sacks used for all dry recyclable material and subsequent rejection of loads.

The council‘s preferred option is to introduce the wheelie bins, subject to public consultation, to be used for dry recycling and collected fortnightly.

Cans and plastic would be in a reusable sack, paper and card in a separate reusable sack and glass in a box as is now.

That is a change from the current system where plastic cans tins, foil card and paper are all put in a pink plastic non-reusable sack collected fortnightly.

General refuse will be collected fortnightly from a 180 litre wheeled bin.

That is a change from the current system where general non-recyclable waste is collected fortnightly from non-reusable black sacks placed on the kerbside.

There would be no change for garden and food waste.

The council has said the changes could potentially deliver £523,000 savings to the council due primarily to the increased income from better quality material, but this saving cannot be guaranteed.

The item, which had been scheduled for discussion for debate at Castle Point cabinet on June 21, was deferred after some members were unable to attend.

It is proposed that a 12-week public consultation should take place this summer and that the outcome of the consultation will be reported back to cabinet in the late autumn/winter for formal decision.

A statement to cabinet said: “In terms of waste arisings all options which restricted the amount of residual waste which could be presented for collection through the provision of a 180 litre wheelie bin with a no side waste collection policy resulted in an overall reduction of 701 tonnes in waste arisings compared to those where there was no limit to the amount of residual waste that could be collected.

“Limiting the amount of non-recyclable waste that could be presented for collection also encouraged residents to recycle more.”

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter