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Cotswold gardeners urged to sign up for green waste service

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Don’t let the grass grow under your feet! That is the message being given to gardeners by Cotswold District Council ahead of the new waste and recycling collection service.

The Council’s current free fortnightly collection of garden waste will stop in April when new weekly collection arrangements are introduced across the whole of the District.

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Roll out of new Cotswold waste service to begin in Birdlip, Cowley and Coberley

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The roll-out of Cotswold District Council’s new waste and recycling service has begun in earnest.
People who live in and around the three villages of Birdlip, Cowley and Coberley will be the first in the District to start using the new service in March.

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A recycled Christmas cardboard mountain

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Keen environmentalists in the Cotswolds have been recycling unprecedented amounts of card and cardboard over the Christmas period.

There are now eight large cardboard recycling containers sited across the Cotswold District and one of them – at Kingsmeadow Tesco, Cirencester – was full up within just two hours of being emptied last Friday (28th December).

“We have been overwhelmed by the success of our cardboard recycling during 2007,” said Ralph Young, Cotswold District Council’s Director of Environmental Services.

“During the year, we increased the number of cardboard banks from two to eight and have seen the amount of cardboard being recycled in the District increase from around two tonnes to 20 tonnes per month.

“The amount of card and cardboard being recycled reached unprecedented levels over Christmas due to all the extra packaging and staff from the Council and our contractors have been working very hard to keep up with the demand.

“There have been a few occasions when the recycling banks have overflowed but we have now increased the frequency of collections at all sites and are confident we will stay on top of the situation in the New Year.”

A small minority of residents made the Council’s job more difficult over the Christmas holiday period by dumping general household waste at recycling sites.

Mr Young added: “The vast majority of Cotswold residents are keen recyclers and most of those who use the recycling banks are doing a great job. However, there are a few people who abuse the facilities by dumping non-recyclable waste. We would urge this small minority to stop acting selfishly.”

To find out more about recycling services in the Cotswolds and information on your nearest recycling banks, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com

Cardboard recycling comes to Bourton

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Householders in Bourton-on-the-Water can look forward to a greener New Year thanks to the expansion of recycling facilities in the village.

Cotswold District Council has added a cardboard recycling bank to the facilities in the village’s Rissington Road Car Park where there are also containers for paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles and textiles.

During 2007, the Council has increased the number of cardboard recycling banks across the District from two to eight and the amount of household card and cardboard being recycled has increased tenfold.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Cotswold District Council is committed to increasing recycling opportunities for residents, so I am delighted that we have been able to introduce this new cardboard recycling bank.

“Hopefully it will help to ensure that all the cards and cardboard packaging received by people in the Bourton area over Christmas end up being recycled rather than buried in landfill sites.

“We have seen a massive increase in the amount of cardboard being recycled in the District in 2007 and that trend should continue in 2008 when we introduce a kerbside collection as part of the District’s new waste service.”

The other cardboard recycling banks in the Cotswold District are located at the Old Station Car Park, Cirencester, the Tesco car parks in Tetbury and Kingsmeadow, Cirencester, the Council car park near the Tesco store in Stow-on-the-Wold, the Watermark site near South Cerney and the Upper Up Playing Fields, South Cerney.

To find out more about recycling services in the Cotswolds and information on your nearest recycling banks, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

Click here for other relevant articles about recycling in the region.

New wardens urge Cotswolds to tree-cycle

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Caroline Ballinger and Claire Blizzard are dreaming of a clean, green Christmas.

Cotswold District Council’s two new Environmental Wardens are urging householders to recycle as much of their waste as possible over the festive period – including their real Christmas trees.

The Council has joined forces with Dobbies Garden Centre at Siddington, near Cirencester, and Fosseway Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, to set up collection points for trees which will then be shredded and turned into compost.

Householders can also chop their trees into sections and put them in their green garden waste wheeled bins or take them to the Household Recycling Centres at Fosse Cross and Horsley.

“We all love Christmas but it’s traditionally a time of year when we all produce much more waste than usual,” said Caroline

“Hopefully, the residents of the Cotswolds will make a resolution to recycle more than ever this Christmas – including their trees.”

Caroline and Claire took up their new jobs at the start of December. They have been given a wide variety of tasks, from advising the public on waste and recycling issues to investigating environmental offences such as fly-tipping, dog fouling and littering.

“The Cotswolds is a beautiful area and most people are keen to help us keep it that way,” said Claire

“We are both really looking forward to working with residents to ensure that the District is kept as clean and green as possible.”

Real Christmas trees can be recycled at Dobbies and Fosseway Garden Centres until Sunday, 13th January, 2008. After that date they can still be put in green garden waste wheeled bins or taken to Household Recycling Centres.

For details of waste and recycling collections in the Cotswold District over Christmas and New Year, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or call 01285 623123.

Festive waste and recycling dates for Cotswolds

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Eat, drink, and be merry – and then recycle all your empty cans and bottles.

That is the message to householders in the Cotswolds this Christmas and New Year.

Cotswold District Council and its contractor, SITA, have published waste collection arrangements for the holiday period and they are hoping for plenty of festive cheer from the District’s keen recyclers.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We will try to ensure there will be as little disruption as possible to residents’ waste and recycling collections during the Christmas period.

“We realise more waste is generated at this time of year but would urge everyone to do their bit for the environment by recycling as much of their rubbish as possible after enjoying the festivities.”

Every home in the District will receive two collections of non-recyclable household waste during the Christmas and New Year fortnight. However, there will be no collections of garden waste between 24th December, 2007, and 4th January, 2008.

Residents whose normal collection day falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day will have their non-recyclable household waste collected on another day.

If your usual collection day is a Tuesday, your revised household waste collection dates will be Thursday, 27th December, and Wednesday, 2nd January, before returning to Tuesdays on 8th January.

If your usual collection day is a Wednesday, your revised collection date will be Friday, 28th December, before returning to Wednesdays on 2nd January.

Residents whose fortnightly recycling collection day falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day will not receive a collection of recyclables during the Christmas fortnight. However, they will be able to put any additional recyclable materials out in plastic bags alongside their recycling boxes on their next collection day.

If your usual recycling collection day falls on Christmas Day, your next collection will be Tuesday, 8th January. If your usual recycling collection falls on Boxing Day, your next collection will be Wednesday, 9th January, and if your usual recycling collection day falls on New Year’s Day, your next collection will be Tuesday, 15th January.

Residents are also reminded that Christmas wrapping paper cannot be recycled because of its low quality and the fact that it often contains non-paper additives.

Full details of Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection arrangements over the Christmas period can be found by visiting www.cotswold.gov.uk or by contacting the Council on 01285 623123.

Special waste film to explain Cotswold’s new service

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A short film explaining how and why the waste service for Cotswold residents will be changing next year has been made by the District Council.

The new service, which is due to be introduced in phases from February 2008, will aim to reduce landfill waste from the District by around 20% and increase recycling rates to approaching 60%.

To help inform residents about the changes, Council leader Cllr Lynden Stowe and Portfolio holder for the Environment, Cllr Mark Tufnell, are featured in a short film which can be downloaded from the Council’s website.

Cllr Tufnell said: “The majority of residents support the new service once the details are explained to them.

“This short film is one of several ways in which we are informing people that the changes we are making will benefit everyone and will also ensure that we avoid costly financial penalties under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme.”

The new service will include the introduction of a weekly collection of food waste for composting, the addition of cardboard to the materials that are collected fortnightly for recycling and the introduction of a £30 annual charge for the weekly collection of garden waste.

Thousands of residents have already responded to a questionnaire from the Council about the new service. The reply forms can still be posted to the Council or filled in online at www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/wastesurvey or by calling 01285 623123.

To view the short film about the new waste service and to find out details of roadshows being held across the District, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk.

Waste team on the road to highlight new service

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Changes to the Cotswolds’ waste and recycling service will be explained at a series of roadshows across the District starting next week.

The dates and venues are:

  • Monday, 5th November: Brewery Car Park, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Tuesday, 6th November: Forum Car Park, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Wednesday, 7th November: Waitrose, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Thursday, 8th November: Stow-on-the-Wold Farmers Market, Market Square, Stow, 9am to 1.30pm
  • Friday, 9th November: Tesco, Stow-on-the-Wold, 1pm to 7pm

Cotswold District Council has given the go-ahead for a new service which will be introduced from February 2008.

The changes include the introduction of a separate weekly collection of food waste for composting, the addition of card and cardboard to the materials that can be recycled at kerbside and the fortnightly collection of non-recyclable landfill waste in wheeled bins.

Garden waste will be collected weekly and householders choosing to have their garden waste collected will pay a small £30 annual charge per wheeled bin or £30 for a supply of 50 garden waste sacks. There will be a 50% discount for those in receipt of Council Tax benefit.

Council staff will be out and about in the District from next Monday (5th November) to explain how the new service will work and why the changes are being made.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We are introducing an improved service which will give our residents the opportunity to recycle and compost much more of their waste.

“Gloucestershire’s two landfill sites are set to be completely full by 2016 and the potential penalties under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme are significant. If we don’t act now to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, it will be very expensive for the residents of this district.”

Visitors to the roadshows will be urged to respond as quickly as possible to questionnaires about the new service which have been posted to every household.

The questionnaires need to be returned by Monday, 12th November, in order to ensure that residents receive the service that meets their needs.

“It’s important residents fill in the reply form so that we know, for example, who wants to have their garden waste collected under the new service,” Cllr Tufnell added.

The questionnaires can also be filled in online at www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/wastesurvey or by calling the waste hotline on 01285 623123.

The waste and recycling roadshow will be visiting other parts of the District over the coming weeks and months

Cabinet gives green light to Cotswold waste proposals

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Wide-ranging plans to improve the waste and recycling service in the Cotswolds were today (Thursday, 11th October) given the green light.

The proposals, which include the introduction of a weekly collection of food waste for composting and the introduction of wheelie bins for the collection of non-recyclable waste, were unanimously supported by Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet.

If the full Council endorses that decision next Tuesday, the new service will be rolled out across the District from February 2008.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “We have been looking at this waste service redesign for 18 months and these proposals have the makings of a first-class service that will take us forward.”

Cotswold District is already top of the recycling league in Gloucestershire with a recycling and composting rate of over 40% and the Council believes the proposed improvements to the service should ensure it continues to lead the way with a rate approaching 60%.

The new service would include:

  • The introduction of a weekly food waste collection for composting using new food waste containers
  • The collection of garden waste weekly instead of fortnightly and the introduction of a small charge for those residents who want to receive a garden waste collection
  • The fortnightly kerbside collection of card and cardboard for recycling using new reusable bags
  • The continuation of the current fortnightly kerbside collection of paper, tins/cans, aerosols and glass for recycling
  • The collection of non-recyclable waste fortnightly in wheelie bins or authorised coloured bin bags instead of weekly in black sacks

The weekly collection of cooked and uncooked food waste would mean the vast majority of ‘smelly waste’ would still be collected on a weekly basis, so there should be no fears of problems surrounding vermin, maggots and flies.

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New plastic bottle recycling banks in Cotswold villages

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New recycling banks for plastic bottles have been introduced in two more Cotswold villages this week.

A large container has been sited at Didmarton Village Hall and a smaller ‘igloo’ style facility has been put in the car park of the Bibury Trout Farm.

In addition, the small plastic bottle banks at Willersey, near Chipping Campden, have been replaced by one much larger container.

The new banks are part of Cotswold District Council’s drive to increase recycling and reduce waste. There will soon be 29 plastic bottle recycling banks in the District, with most residents living within just a few miles of their nearest facility.

For more information on recycling facilities in your area, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

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