Next steps for kerbside waste collection changes announced
Plans to reduce the environmental impact of waste collection rounds will take another step towards implementation when Rugby Borough Council will write to all households affected by the proposals.
The council will write to affected households next month (April).
Announced in the council’s budget plans on 6 February and approved on 26 February, the council intends to stop collecting rubbish from private lanes, alleyways and long rural driveways, collecting instead from the edge of the pavement or kerbside – the normal collection point for most households in Rugby. The council estimates this may affect 2000 properties served by alleyways in Rugby town centre or the wider urban area, and up to 1000 rural or village properties with long private drives.
Making the change will remove the need to have a narrow waste collection vehicle in its fleet of collection lorries while also reducing fleet mileage, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing the potential to damage off-road access tracks, which are often privately owned. Combined, these savings could amount to £125,000 per year.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, said:
Collecting rubbish and recycling from the pavement or kerbside is something that most households have been used to for many years, and we cannot ignore the environmental and financial benefits of making this change for the remaining households.
“I do recognise that this change may make things more difficult for some householders, either because of a disability that will make it difficult for them to move their bin to the new collection point, or because of some local factor that might make the proposal dangerous or otherwise impractical.
“We will therefore write to all affected households in early April, both to inform them of the change and to ask for feedback on how they will be affected individually so that we can take account of their circumstances before finalising the changes.”
General information on the proposed changes, together with a feedback form for use by affected households, can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/kerbsidecollections.