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Cotswold recycling rates rocket during first week of new waste service

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Recycling soared by 30% in the first week of Cotswold District Council’s new waste collection service.

More than 140 tonnes of recyclables were collected last week compared to just over 110 tonnes under the old service a fortnight previously.

During the same five days, the amount of non-recyclable landfill waste collected has fallen by more than 50%.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “The overriding aim of the new service is to reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill sites and to increase the amount of waste we recycle, so these initial figures are hugely encouraging.

“Residents showed great patience and tolerance when the introduction of the service was delayed and there are bound to be some initial teething problems while we all adjust to the changes. However, I think these figures show just how much the District will benefit from the new service in the long term.”

Under Cotswold District Council’s new waste collection service, food waste and garden waste are collected weekly for composting.

All other collections are fortnightly, including:

•    Non-recyclable landfill waste in a Council-issued grey wheeled bin or beige bin bags
•    Paper, glass, cans/tins and empty aerosols in kerbside recycling boxes
•    Card and cardboard in reusable blue sacks

The huge volume of card and cardboard which is being put out to be recycled has meant that SITA has had to use two vehicles to collect the recyclables – one lorry for glass and cans, the other for paper and cardboard.

“The Council and SITA are committed to ensuring that the new service is as cost-effective and efficient as possible,” added Cllr Tufnell.

“After the first few weeks, we will analyse just how much more recyclable waste we are collecting and how much less landfill waste.

“We will then be able to adjust our resources accordingly and establish whether the provision of two recycling collection vehicles for each area is the most efficient long-term solution.”

The lorries which are collecting the paper and cardboard are the same kind of rear-loading compaction vehicles which pick up landfill waste, but the Council can assure residents that all the material they put out for recycling is being recycled. Additional recycling containers are available if residents require them.

People are also reminded that non-recyclable landfill waste is now only being collected if it is contained within a Council-issued grey wheeled bin with the lid closed or Council-issued beige bin bags. Any additional waste put out at kerbside will not be collected.

Anyone who has a query about the new waste service should visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Source: Cotswold District Council

Related articles:
Start date announced for new Cotswold waste service
Recycling boost for north Cotswold residents
Weekly Cotswold garden waste service starts April 21st
Cotswold District Council says don’t use your new bin just yet!

Ebrington Village Fete – a fantastic afternoon for all the family

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 12th July – 14.00 Ebrington Cricket Ground
Something for everyone – Family Dog Show and Agility Event, Chipping Campden School Swing Band, The Westminster Morris Men, Birds of Prey and Ebrington Arms Beer Festival Tent ( 14.00 – 19.00) – a traditional Cotswold village fete. Read the rest of this entry »

Bench makes it’s mark at Simon Chorley Art & Antiques

Features by Tony No Comments »

The highlight of Simon Chorley’s fine art sale on Thursday 26th June was undoubtedly Lot 665, an Irish early 19th century. While the seat had suffered some damage and a poor varnish, it ticked enough of the right boxes to realize a sale topping £26,000 against an estimate of £1500-£2000.
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Ebrington Safari Supper in aid of St Eadburgha’s Church Organ Fund

Events, Features, Food and Produce, Places by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 5th July at 7.00 pm – Meet at Ebrington Village Hall
Safari Suppers get their name from the fact that people travel from house to house for a three course meal. Hence “Going on Safari”. Each host prepares one course of a three course meal and hosts upto 10 guests who have starters at one venue and then move on to another host for the main course with  everybody arriving  back at Ebrington Village Hall for the final course of “puds” and coffee. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswolds MP hears positive news from Europe

Features by Tony No Comments »

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, in his capacity as the Shadow Minister for International Trade and Development, has spent two days in Brussels meeting with the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Alan Duncan MP and the rest of his Shadow departmental team, and meeting with senior trade representatives at the European Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle Quinton Eco Town proposals slammed in letter from Cotswold MP to Caroline Flint MP

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

With the consultation on the 15 short listed eco town locations across the country due to close on Monday 30th June, Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has sent a detailed letter of opposition to the proposed site at Long Marston, also know as Middle Quinton, which borders on the Northern edge of the Cotswold constituency. Read the rest of this entry »

Saul Canal Festival 2008 – Working to Restore the Cotswold Waterways

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

Friday 4th July- Sunday 6th July – Saul Canal Junction, Frampton-on-Severn, Glos, GL2 7LA
The Saul Canal Festival is about restoration. A concept forged over thirty years ago with the formation of the Stroudwater Canal Society. The event is designed to attract media attention, people and funds to facilitate the re-establishment of the link between the rivers Thames and Severn. The event takes place at Saul Junction, an unusual “waterway crossroads” where the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal intersects the soon to be restored Stroudwater Navigation.
The Mission – “Helping to bring Cotswolds Waterways back to life by raising funds in an entertaining and educational way”
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Summer Blockbuster Sale at Simon Chorley Art & Antiques

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

Thursday 26th June 2008- Simon Chorley, Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire GL4 8EX
The forthcoming summer blockbuster sale is full of interesting collections and is sure to generate a lot of interest from a variety of buyers and collectors.

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A fine collection of Chinese Pottery for Sale at Simon Chorley Art & Antiques

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

Thursday 26th June 2008- Simon Chorley, Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire,GL4 8EX
A sale of a fine collection of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain. Four private collections, all from Gloucestershire, containing examples from the Song dynasty (960-1279) right through to the 19th century, will be sure to get the collector’s attention.

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Spanish Afternoon at Edward Sheldon Independent Wine Merchants

Events, Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 5th July 1.00pm – 4.00pm Edward Sheldon Ltd, 6 New Street, Shipston-on-Stour.
Come to Edward Sheldon and join them for a relaxed afternoon of Spanish wines and tapas.

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