the large bin versus the small bin
For a week or more, the text spacing on this post has been mangled, making the reading of it pretty difficult!
I have asked for help with this, because when it was published, it was fine! The problem occurred when I went back to update it, and add the last email from Mr Roberts, of Neath Port Talbot CBC.
If you would like to see what the problem was/is you can read all about it HERE.
I am now attempting to ‘repair the site’, and hope it will read properly when I update it! (26 March)
This is a follow up to my post of 3 February,
about the recycling policy of my local council, which was prompted by “THE BIG BIN SWAP” when they came and swopped our large bins for small ones – with the stated aim of encouraging recycling.
It was also a measure put in place to try to avoid the fines Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (NPTCBC) is paying for using LANDFILL.
I posed a number of questions and thought you might like to know the answers. Its taken a while, but I have now heard back from NPTCBC – to make sense of this email exchange – have a look at the original post by clicking HERE.
MY SECOND EMAIL
Sent: 24 February 2015 08:10
To: Chief Execs
Subject: THE BIG BIN SWAP
On 3 February I emailed both the media department and my local Councillor, to ask them to read the blog below, and reply with some answers to the questions I posed.
To date I have had no answer from either of them.
If you’d like to look at the comments section below the body of the text, you will see that there is great interest around the world about recycling, and many people are interested to know what Neath Port Talbot CBC are doing about it – specifically
- How much did the new bins cost?
- What did you do with the bins you removed?
- How have you funded this scheme?
- Is there another reason you have limited the size of the bins – ie: can the new trucks take larger bins?
- How is the waste collected recycled? Which companies do you use to do this and do you sell it or have to pay for its disposal?
I would be grateful if you could supply this information, which will be published in a follow up blog.
I truly do not want to have to put in a Freedom of Information request, as suggested by one reader. However, if I have not heard back from you within 10 days, I think this will be my next action. many thanks for your attention.
NPTCBC’S REPLY: 11 MARCH
Dear Miss Barnett,
Firstly, apologies that no one has contacted you with an explanation with regard to the questions you posed. With reference to your e-mail of the 24/02/2015, I would inform you that;
- The new bins cost; £475,916.20
- Both the plastic body and steel axles of all the bins removed have been recycled via the Civic Amenity site in Briton Ferry.
- The bins were partly Welsh Government grant funded and partly Council funding from reserves.
- The reason for reducing the bins size is the statutory waste targets and associated fines and Welsh Government’s ‘Collections Blueprint’. The aim is to encourage people who were not already recycling to do so and encourage those already recycling to participate further.
- All waste collected for recycling is taken to a purpose built transfer building at the rear of the Materials Recovery and Energy Centre at Crymlyn Burrows. The operator of the facility, NPT Recycling Ltd., has contracts in place with reprocessors and the income is essentially netted off the cost of managing and treating the Council’s ‘black bag’ waste which is also taken to the plant.
I hope the above information is helpful. Yours sincerely, Mike Roberts Head of Streetcare Environment Directorate firstname.lastname@example.org
Before going ahead and publishing Mr Roberts reply, as a courtesy, I replied on 11 March –
MY THIRD EMAIL
Dear Mr Roberts
I am very relieved to receive this detailed reply from you regarding the list of questions in my email of 24 February.
You will of course have noted that I intended to publish your answer as a follow up to the original ‘blog post’ “The Big Bin Swap” dated 3 February.
Before I do, could you please confirm that you are happy for me to do so – and whether you wish your name to be published or just your title?
I was careful not to name which council I was talking about in the original blog, but in view of the details given, I think I should be able to verify that this is a genuine reply.
Re: Your Point No 4: Is there any evidence that this strategy is working, or is it too soon to evaluate it?
Re: Your Point No 5: Whilst the general information you gave is revealing, the real concern of everyone who recycles their waste is whether it is being processed properly and put to good use. Could you please provide a couple of specific examples of what is done with the various separated materials?
I am copying this email to my local councillor, with whom I spoke on Sunday, and I thank him for his help – and of course, yours. Julie Barnett
I also re-sent the email on 18 March, asking for a reply and telling Mr Roberts that I would be publishing this today. As I got no reply, I think that its time to publish! I also think that you can all draw your own conclusions, and would welcome your comments below.
Of course, it you would also like to contact Neath Port Talbot CBC, that is up to you – smile!
20 March 2015
I got a reply to the email above, late yesterday, most probably after someone had read this post. As promised, I am publishing it here, and I have, of course, thanked Mr Roberts for his contribution and sent him a link to this post.
Dear Miss Barnett.
Thank you for your further correspondence. With respect to your additional requests for information, I can advise as follows:
I enclose details of the immediate impact of reducing bin size in the pilot area undertaken in 2013.
Overall in the County Borough, as the smaller bins have been rolled out participation across the County Borough has similarly increased from 62% in 2013 to 71% in 2014 overall, and now stands at over 80%.
||Participation after excess bin removal and reduction to 140 litres(commencing 28th Oct 2013)
It is noted that tonnage data also suggested that many residents were using the capacity released in the larger wheeled bins through recycling to dispose of green garden waste. With switching to smaller bins the Council’s recycling and composting figures continue to increase and we are hopeful of hitting the next statutory target in Wales of 58% a year early at the end of this current year.
With respect to examples of material destinations I can inform you of the following, as reported to the Council by Neath Port Talbot Recycling at the end of last year.
Example 1: After delivery to Crymlyn Burrows, plastics collected at the kerbside in Neath Port Talbot are bailed and transferred off-site to Carmarthenshire Environmental Resources. From there they are sent to EcoPlastics in Lincolnshire. EcoPlastics produce raw materials which may be used in the manufacture of plastic containers.
Example 2: After delivery to Crymlyn Burrows, food waste collected at the kerbside in Neath Port Talbot is bulked up and transferred off site to an Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Avonmouth, near Bristol. The facility produces renewable energy and a nutrient rich fertiliser.
Head of Streetcare