Keeping weekly bin collections, boosting recycling rates and introducing a borough wide food waste service are among the aims of Lambeth Council’s revised cash saving, waste reduction programme.
To keep town centres tidier there will be new business rubbish collection schedules, estate residents will get help creating their own recycling plans and smaller wheelie bins will be introduced.
The council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday, April 15 adopted the changes in the Waste Minimisation Strategy Review. The review could cut waste disposal costs by £2million a year from 2014.
Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “We want to reassure people that weekly bin collections will be kept in Lambeth.
“But we also want to get our town centres looking cleaner, cut waste, boost recycling, save money and maintain the borough’s excellent rubbish collection services. This new strategy is designed to achieve all these important aims.
“An essential part of this review is asking Lambeth residents to do their bit, as without their support this just won’t work. We really need people to get on board and think about what they throw away, consider how they can cut their waste and recycle as much as possible.
“Lambeth Council is determined to reduce waste and this new strategy is on top of work we are already doing, such as encouraging real nappy use, running composting programmes and offering help and advice to cut food waste.”
Lambeth’s recycling rates remain below the London average, with people living in private homes putting around 9,500 tonnes of recyclable material into the wrong bins every year.
Also, if no action is taken it is predicted that the budget for waste disposal in the borough will rise from £17.7million in 2013/14 to £21.4million over the next three years.
In Lambeth around 12,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away every year, costing £1.75million a year to dispose of. Recycling food waste would cut that bill by half, so it is proposed a extending the service to all “low-rise households”.
The effort is being made as part of Lambeth Council’s Cleaner and Greener Streets campaign about everything we’re doing to make the borough a beautiful place sustainable place for everyone to enjoy.
For more information on the Waste Minimisation Strategy Review visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=225&MId=8113.
For more information about Lambeth Council’s Cleaner and Greener Streets campaign visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/CleanerStreets.htm.