There are some suggestions that Derby City Council is avoiding its recycling duties
Despite cancelling the fortnightly kerbside recycling collection and scrapping some street recycling points, Derby City Council said it’s aware of its duty to provide a recycling service for residents.
The council cancelled kerbside recycling collections in the latter half of 2014, claiming that the service was too costly and that the blue recycling bins were a potential fire hazard and blighted the area with their “unattractive” appearance.
According to the council report, residents’ recycling efforts were not up to scratch and the recycled waste was suffering “from high levels of contamination” which would have created problems with Derby council’s waste collection contractor, Biffa. This claim has since proved to be unfounded, as Biffa rejected none of the council’s recycling waste in 2013/14.
As a replacement for the collection service, the council set up 11 community recycling points on streets throughout the area. However, two of these points, in Havelock Road and Leacroft, have now been removed as fly-tipping around the bins was taking place “on a regular basis”.
Local authorities are legally obliged to provide some sort of recycling service for its residents for commingled or separated waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and as part of the Waste Regulations 2011.
Derby’s struggling recycling strategy is having an obvious effect on the district’s recycling rate, which dropped drastically to 32% in 2014/15, compared to 42% the previous year.
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