A full schedule of recycling and waste collections will resume in Allerdale from next week, after garden waste and some recycling services were suspended for two months.
On 9 September garden waste, glass, cans and plastic recycling will be collected for the first time since 8 July, when the services were put on hold due to issues arising from the new waste collection contract agreed between Allerdale borough council and FCC Environment (see letsrecycle.com story).
Waste crews were unable to reach properties on the scheduled collection day after new rounds and lorries with in-cab technology were introduced. It was decided that some services would be suspended for two months to ensure all residual household waste could be collected until a solution was found.
Now Allerdale council has announced that an interim agreement has been reached with FCC – which will see extra resources put into the service in the short term.
A spokesperson said: “Following discussions with FCC Environment, who deliver the service for the council, an interim arrangement has been agreed, allowing all waste collection services to be resumed.
“The interim arrangement will ensure extra resources are put into delivering the services.”
Allerdale council said that longer term measures were also being worked on and had been discussed at a meeting earlier in August.
“Following discussions with FCC Environment, who deliver the service for the council, an interim arrangement has been agreed, allowing all waste collection services to be resumed.”
“The Executive agreed on August 6 to move forward with an interim agreement to address the issues experienced, as well as work on longer-term solution, so that residents can receive the standard of waste collection services they expect,” the council spokesperson added.
During the disruption some alternative facilities were provided. A ‘pop-up’ recycling centre was set up in Workington for the recycling of glass cans and plastic waste, after the council had to urge residents not to take plastic and cans to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in the town as it did not have space to store them. The council has said that bring sites will remain open for residents to dispose of waste.
Paper and card recycling and business waste collections were unaffected during the two-month disruption.
Though local residents have demanded council tax rebates in the wake of the disruption, Allerdale borough council has maintained that it will not be issuing refunds to those affected by the delays.
Shadow Environment Secretary and MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, asked the borough council to consider a refund or a reduction in council tax for residents over the issue – a proposal that the council has rejected.
It claimed it had a legal duty to keep a balanced budget and that council tax funded a variety of services, not just waste collection.
FCC holds an eight-year contract with Allerdale council which runs until March 2027. The contract is worth £22,332,344.00, according to the council’s register.
FCC chose not to provide a comment, but says it has worked with the council on its messaging.
Source: letsrecycle.com Waste Managment