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South Glos council tax to rise by 5.99 percent

Posted on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 9:17 pm by SH (Editor)

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South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) element of the council tax levied on local residents is to increase by 5.99 percent from April, meaning it will have risen by almost 11 percent in just two years.

Meeting on 14th February, councillors agreed to set a revenue budget of £215.9 million, with the increase in the council-controlled element of council tax being made up of a 2.99 percent general increase plus a further 3 percent, which is the Adult Social Care Levy. The approximately £9.7 million raised through this levy will be spent exclusively on services supporting the most vulnerable adults in the community. The council says that this only partially covers the additional costs arising in social care from increasing demand and market prices.

The budget papers show that while the council’s finances are projected to remain in balance for the coming three years, this is only by using reserves set aside for this purpose and delivering additional savings. The council concedes that challenges remain in the medium term, caused by falling government grants and increased costs and demand for services.

Public consultation carried out by the council prior to the budget-setting process showed that 54 percent of respondents were in favour of a council tax rise for 2018/19 of 3.99 or 4.99 percent (inclusive of the Adult Social Care Levy), although none of the presented options were as high as the 5.99 percent finally decided upon.

Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Matthew Riddle, said:

“I am determined, for the sake of frontline services, to move forward with a balanced budget. In doing so, we are prioritising our most vulnerable residents with significant increases in funding for services for vulnerable adults and children.”

“These are challenging times, but I believe we have and will continue to meet the challenges before us. The plans approved today will mean that the everyday services we all rely upon will continue to be delivered and we have also made some additional commitments to support schools, care leavers and those looking for a home.”

More: Opposition parties criticise lack of detail about future cuts »

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Rollout of smaller black bins under way

Posted on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 8:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Photos of new, smaller black bins lined up on a street in Bradley Stoke.

South Gloucestershire Council has begun the mammoth task of delivering 106,000 smaller 140-litre bins to residents across the district. The new bins will replace the current 240-litre black wheeled bins used for non-recyclable waste.

Around 4,000 properties in Bradley Stoke received their new, smaller black bins at the end of January; the remainder should have theirs by April at the latest.

The council claims that around half, 52 percent, of the household waste in refuse bins could be recycled and the roll out of the smaller bins is one of a number of measures it has introduced to reduce the amount of recyclable waste which ends up in the black bins.

As well as the smaller black bins, it also introduced weekly kerbside recycling collections last June, which means that people don’t have to store as much recyclable material between collections.

The scale of the task to replace the bins means it won’t happen overnight. Eight vehicles will be used to exchange the bins for two collection routes per day, making an average of 2,000 bins per day.

The old bins will be recycled at no additional cost. The average weight of the old 240-litre bin is 13kg, which will mean around 1,378 tonnes of plastic which will be recycled into new bins and other hard plastic containers.

Since weekly kerbside recycling collections were introduced last June, an additional 1,300 tonnes of recycling has been collected. This represents a 14 percent increase on recycling rates, including an extra 660 tonnes of paper and cardboard, 364 extra tonnes of food waste and an extra 315 tonnes made up of plastics, cans and textiles.

More: How the changeover is supposed to work. Useful links. »

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Residents congratulated for recycling efforts

Posted on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 8:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a 'Romaquip' recycling collection vehicle.

New figures released by South Gloucestershire Council indicate that their new weekly kerbside recycling collections, which began in June 2017, are having a positive effect.

An additional 1,279 tonnes of recycling has been collected, which is a 14 percent increase, including an extra 600 tonnes of paper and cardboard, an extra 364 tonnes of food waste and an extra 315 tonnes made up of plastics, cans and textiles.

Weekly collections mean that householders don’t have to store as much material between collections and the council saves on the financial cost of disposing of black bin waste (not to mention the benefits for the environment).

Waste that cannot be recycled is disposed of either as ‘energy from waste’ or into landfill. With the council having to pay at least £101 to dispose of every tonne of black bin waste in this way, the extra 1,270 tonnes of recycling has allowed it to save around £130,000 since weekly collections began.

The council’s Cabinet member for communities and tourism, Cllr Heather Goddard, said:

“This is fantastic news – I am so pleased that the changes we have made to make recycling easier for residents are paying off. Our communities deserve a real pat on the back for their efforts.”

“Our new waste strategy is all about reducing the waste we send to landfill, which is expensive and no good for our environment. Before we launched our new strategy, 52 percent of waste put into our black bins could have been recycled from home. This first response to making recycling easier is very encouraging.”

More: "The next step is to reduce the size of people’s waste bins" »

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Introduction of slimline black bins quietly postponed to next year

Posted on Monday 4th December 2017 at 10:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Diagram showing the average volume of black bin waste in a 240 litre bin and the same waste in a 140 litre bin. (South Gloucestershire Council, 2015).

The introduction of smaller black bins, previously scheduled to begin this year (2017), has been quietly postponed by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

An SGC spokesperson told the Journal:

Weekly recycling was introduced in June and is proving popular with residents who can now put out all of their recycling every week. We have seen a steady increase in mixed dry recycling, and in the period June to September we collected an extra 1,200 tonnes, which is approximately a one percent increase to South Gloucestershire’s recycling rate.”

“It was always our intention to roll-out the smaller black bins later in the year (2017), but we have now taken the decision to wait until after December. We know that Christmas is a time when more waste is generated and collections are often slightly delayed as the crews catch up after the break. The roll-out will now start in January 2018 and is expected to be completed during April 2018.”

A report tabled at a meeting of SGC’s Cabinet on 4th December states:

“The main aspect of the Waste Strategy is to encourage recycling by improved recycling collections and the introduction of smaller black bins. Following concerns raised by residents, the move to smaller bins has been moved to after Christmas, but should be complete by May 2018. Early indications of the effect of the new recycling arrangements are positive, but it is too early to see the definitive position – particularly as the new bins are not in place.”

More info: Changes to the waste and recycling service 2017/18 (SGC)

Image: Diagram showing the average volume of black bin waste in a 240-litre bin and the same waste in a 140-litre bin (excludes waste placed in black bins that could have been recycled – on average 52 percent of the bin content, says the council).

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