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Nine-month roll out of new waste and recycling services is complete
Release date: Mon, 30/07/2012
Bristol’s new kerbside waste and recycling services, which include a new mixed plastics collection for all residents, have now been rolled out to all households in the city.
By the end of July, all households should have received their new green recycling box for mixed plastics collections and had their old wheelie bin replaced with a slightly smaller one. Many households also saw collection day changes at the start of the contract last November, as part of new contractor May Gurney’s strategy to streamline the service and make it more cost efficient.
Cabinet member for strategic waste, Cllr Gary Hopkins, said: “Changing the waste and recycling services for the entire city was a mammoth undertaking and we want to firstly thank residents for their patience throughout the last nine months. There have been minor issues along the way, with some residents experiencing missed collections and a few delays with bin deliveries, which we would obviously like to have avoided. However, these were not unexpected considering the size of the contract and the fact it was a new contractor, and overall, the roll out has gone well.
“The new services offer a better provision for residents, with one of the most comprehensive recycling services in the country, helping to reduce the amount of waste we are throwing away and driving up our recycling rate even further. At the same time, the contract will save us £2.5 million a year compared to our previous waste contract.”
Alongside Bristol’s other new waste contracts*, the new services are already helping to deliver improvements to Bristol’s recycling and landfill figures. From April to June this year, the city’s recycling rate was at 50%, compared to 39% for April-June 2011 and 12% in 2004. The landfill rate for this period was 27%, compared to 60.5% for the same period last year and 88% in 2004.
David McGill, May Gurney’s Contract Director for Bristol, said: “We are delighted to reach such a milestone delivering more than 310,000 green boxes and bins within the first nine months of the contract. May Gurney has invested £14million improving the city’s waste collection, street cleansing and winter maintenance services and we want to play a part in making Bristol the most sustainable city in the country.
“We would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding as changes to their waste and recycling collections have been made. With 1.3 million collections made every month, it was inevitable we were going to experience some teething problems. We have been working hard to ensure we have seamless systems in place to reduce this and are already seeing benefits. June, for example, saw less than 0.2% in missed collections.
“We are looking forward to the next phases in the contract and are excited about seeing figures over the forthcoming years of how the residents of Bristol have helped increase recycling rates and reduced the amount of waste going to landfill,” he added.
The £96 million, 7 year flagship contract was awarded to May Gurney last summer after an 18 month tendering process, and began on November 1st. Collection day changes were introduced at the end of that month and the new services began rolling out in January in the first of four phases across the city. The contract also includes street cleansing and winter maintenance.
Cllr Hopkins says: “Now the service changes have been completed, the crews can focus on delivering a flawless waste and recycling service. I am sure there are still small numbers of people who may not yet have this, so now is the time we would like to hear from them. Anyone with unresolved issues should contact our customer service centre, either via our website, www.bristol.gov.uk/recycling, or by calling them on tel. 0117 922 2100.”
With new service roll out complete, the next steps for May Gurney and the city council’s waste team will be to introduce the changes to people living in flats. There are approximately 30,000 residents in flats, many of whom have mini recycling centres and on different collection rounds from the rest of the city, so they were kept separate from the main roll out programme. They will now be targeted with the new services and eventually, all flats will be able to recycle plastics, paper, glass, cans, food and cardboard.
With mixed plastics now being collected on the kerbside, Bristol’s network of 50 recycling banks will also be looked at to see which ones should be kept and which ones are no longer needed.
Bristol waste and recycling facts and figures
- Number of households in Bristol - 189,000
- Number of May Gurney waste and recycling collection crews in Bristol - 59
- Number of collections carried out in Bristol since the contract started – 11 million
- Number of old wheelie bins turned into water butts - 1,000
- Number. of new ‘Magos’ recycling vehicles - 54
- Number of types of materials being collected on the kerbside for recycling – 18, including:
- Green box - cardboard, cans, plastic bottles, plastic packaging, cartons (tetra paks), aerosols, lids (metal and plastic), foi
- Black box – glass, batteries including car, engine oil, textiles and shoes, paper, yellow pages
- Food waste bin – all cooked and uncooked
- Green garden waste bin – all garden waste