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Waste Consultation FAQ

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The Waste Consultation is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.

What is this consultation about?

Blaby District Council is facing significant financial challenges in the years to come. 

The Council only receives £153.32 each year of the Council Tax paid by each household; the rest is distributed to the County Council, Police, Fire and your local parish council. 

In the coming year 2018/19, the Council is facing significant reductions in external funding specifically relating to refuse and recycling with a reduction of £740,000 within the refuse and recycling service. 

The Council is considering options to change the refuse and recycling service whilst striving to maintain the current high levels of service and customer satisfaction.

What are you proposing? 

  • Moving to an alternate weekly collection. Refuse will be collected one week, and recycling would be collected on the alternate week.
  • All households with four persons or more will be eligible to request a replacement 240ltr refuse bin and a recycling bin free of charge.
  • Any households with 1-3 persons can request a free replacement 240ltr recycling bin, and a 240ltr refuse bin for a one-off charge.

How much will the "one-off charge" be?

No final decision has been made on how much a larger one-off refuse bin would be. It is likely to be a similar price to the current annual charge for a 240ltr refuse bin (£39.60), but this may be lower depending on the Council's costs.

I don’t know how big my bin is, how will I know?

Residents are currently given a standard 140ltr refuse and a 140ltr recycling bin. Your recycling bin may be bigger if you have previously requested one, or if you pay an annual charge for a refuse bin. Any larger bin will be a 240 or 360ltr.

The picture below should enable you to know which bin you currently have.

Bins for consultation

How long will it last?

The consultation ran from Thursday 19 October to midnight on Thursday 16 November 2017, and is now closed.

What will happen to my bins in the meantime?

Nothing. Your refuse and recycling bins will be collected as normal every week.

What happens now the consultation has closed?

The Council will gather all of the feedback and data collected during the consultation to help Councillors reach a final decision, which will be decided at a Council meeting in the winter.

We will let all residents know when any changes are decided and when they will take place.

Do I need to do anything?

We know that every resident has different experiences with their waste. The Council can only reach the best decision for residents by hearing back from as many people as possible. 


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