Residents across the Derbyshire Dales are being asked to give their views on the collection of waste and recycling in the district to help shape the future collection service.
Since 2012 the waste collection service has been delivered by Serco on behalf of the district council. However, this contract ends in 2020 and the council is beginning the process of tendering for a new contract to start in August 2020. This process involves the district council investigating a range of potential service options.
Now the district council has launched a survey that asks local residents how they use their waste and recycling service and how they would like to see it develop in the future.
A district council spokesperson said:
"This survey is asking local people their views on potential changes to how we deliver the waste service. At this stage, it is important to stress that no decisions have been taken on which service option might be implemented”
“The current waste collection contract costs Derbyshire Dales District Council approximately £1.9 million per year but we know this could rise significantly. The Council is therefore looking at how it could change the service to make it more affordable, while still meeting residents’ needs and increasing recycling performance. Waste prevention and recycling helps to cut the costs of managing waste produced in the Derbyshire Dales, while also reducing our impact on the environment. We currently achieve a 57% recycling rate, but the UK has a legislative target to meet 65% recycling in the future. We need to consider what further measures we could take to increase our recycling performance further.”
Options being considered by district council officers include charging for garden waste collections in line with many other councils in the UK and reducing general household waste collections from fortnightly to every three or four weeks which has been proven in other areas to increase recycling rates and make the waste service more affordable. However no decisions have yet been taken on which service option might be implemented.
Residents are being urged to have their say in on online consultation which closes on 23 September and is available here
- View our Waste Contract Review FAQs
- Our surveys policy is to offer a range of alternative formats for disabled people on request eg: Braille, large print or Easy Read documents. We can also offer officer support to disabled individuals where required. Contact us on 01629 761100.