Just been in a Council briefing about waste management in the borough:
The current waste contractor does not require paper and card to be kept separate from the rest of the recycling.
COVID has impacted the service, especially a severe shortage of hgv drivers, including agency drivers.
The management team has daily crisis meetings.
Quite a lot of waste being put into the green bins is actually recyclable, such as cardboard and metal.
A lot more waste has been collected from homes during the pandemic, inevitably.
98% of residents think it is important to recycle. 66% think they could recycle more.
The Council is planning to implement a weekly food waste collection. They have costed a scheme which can be implemented over several years, and are now waiting for further guidance from Government.
The pandemic increased the borough’s recycling waste by 2000 tons.
The amount of contaminated recycling has significantly reduced.
The Government wants to move towards having recyclable materials all collected separately. This is likely to become the law.