29.03.11: There will be some important changes to waste management in Cornwall from April and Roseland Online has kindly been given an insight of these rate-saving ideas by Roseland councillor and Cornwall Environment Portfolio, Julian German.
Changes to the Recycling Bank Service
Over the past few months, there has been a review of the network of recycling banks, as the kerbside service now covers all households in Cornwall. As a result of this project, Cornwall Council has arranged for landowners, where banks have been located on private land (E.g.; Superstore Car parks), to take responsibility for them. This represents significant savings to Cornwall rate payers, whilst retaining recycling bank facilities for residents. The only exception to this has been with Sainsbury’s who have taken the corporate decision to remove recycling banks for materials collected on the kerbside at their stores. This has affected five stores across Cornwall.
The new H.W.R.C. permit scheme
In order to restrict the misuse of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (H.W.R.Cs) by commercial businesses – which should pay for the waste they take there – Cornwall Council has introduced a new permitting scheme for vehicles more than 1.8 meters (6 foot) in length (excluding normal cars and trailers). So far over 7,000 householders have registered for a permit, entitling them to 12 visits to the H.W.R.Cs each year in these vehicles. It is hoped that this new policy will save rate payers over £1million per year.
New Site at Falmouth
The new Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Falmouth is now open 7 days a week. From the April 1st the site will operate on summer opening hours of 9.00am until 6.00pm. It is located at Carveth Farm – off the A394 between Treliever and Longdowns, near Mabe Burnthouse and takes the full range of materials for recycling.
New compost bin sales
April 1st also sees the re-launch of the compost bin scheme. With the weather warming and a feast of bank holidays around the corner, now is the ideal time to order a new compost bin. There has been a modest rise in price for some items, but with bins starting from just £15, and a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal, they are still great value. The new purchasing details will be on the website and leaflets will be available from One Stop Shops, libraries, council offices, etc. To find out how to get hold of one of these, please click here.