Residents' feedback was crucial to recycling plans
I write in response to Mrs Sweet's letter ("Recycling scheme is a load of rubbish", Mailbox, October 23).
The two trials we carried out involved more than 4,000 households within the district and were very well received.
Views on the trial were gathered from surveys sent to all residents who took part, which were returned by 46 per cent of households.
The full results from the residents' feedback were provided to councillors as part of the report and extensively referred to during the decision-making process. These results are available in full on our website, at:
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Residents' views were paramount in considering changes to the scheme. The results of the consultation showed residents felt it was more important to reduce cost and CO2 within the service rather than the collection of glass.
The decision to stop collecting glass was not taken lightly and was due to environmental implications as well as cost.
Taking glass to recycling banks enables colour-separated recycling, which is not currently possible with kerbside collections.
This type of recycling is in the greatest demand, as it has the widest reprocessing possibilities and commands a higher price.
Since the council started to collect glass 22 years ago, the price of mixed glass has fallen and the cost of diesel has risen.
Not collecting glass will save the taxpayer more than £200,000, which is the cost each year to collect glass from homes.
Our aim has been to look at how we can simplify waste collection, improve service, save money and reduce the council's carbon footprint.
The new scheme will be an improvement for residents, more efficient and more environmentally- friendly than the current arrangements.
Residents will now be able to put all their cans, plastics, paper and cardboard into the same wheeled bin and the number of vehicles used will be reduced from six to three, reducing the amount of fuel used and providing less congestion on the roads.
We will endeavour to increase the number of glass recycling banks in the district prior to the new scheme commencing.
Kevin Pegg, neighbourhood services group manager, Blaby District Council.