Community 'very keen' to go green say North East Lincolnshire Council bosses
THE people of North East Lincolnshire are "very keen" to recycle – according to council bosses who say they have temporarily run out of kerbside collection boxes as a result.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, the portfolio holder for regeneration and environment, said around 4,000 requests for the triple boxes – used for paper, cans and glass – had been received in the past four weeks.
He told a meeting of the Cabinet this week that the authority had even run out of boxes due to the surge in demand – with a fresh order being placed for some more.
Council leader Chris Shaw, who recently moved house, revealed that he was a "victim" of the spike in demand – having been told he will have to wait another three weeks for his triple boxes.
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As reported, in April this year the council introduced a new scheme of compulsory recycling, under which residents can be fined for putting recyclable materials in their general waste bins.
And from April next year it is planning to introduce an "enhanced" recycling service which will include a move to weekly collections as well as kerbside boxes for plastic and cardboard.
The council has submitted a bid for £3.59-million of Government funding to support the proposed scheme – with a decision due later this month.
If granted, the money will be used to buy vehicles and containers, as well as staff and running costs until 2014/15, with the increased income from recycled materials expected to pay for the new service beyond 2015.
Council bosses predict that the new scheme, with the grant, will save the authority £2.1-million over five years.
Without the funding, it would cost the council £2.3-million over the same period, but would reduce future landfill liabilities through the increase in recycling.
However, Councillor Shaw insists that if the funding is not forthcoming, then the council will have to go back to the drawing board.
He said: "The council cannot afford to subsidise ancillary services. If we do not get the money from the Government we will have to look at the policy again."