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Waste team on the road to highlight new service

Changes to the Cotswolds’ waste and recycling service will be explained at a series of roadshows across the District starting next week.

The dates and venues are:

  • Monday, 5th November: Brewery Car Park, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Tuesday, 6th November: Forum Car Park, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Wednesday, 7th November: Waitrose, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Thursday, 8th November: Stow-on-the-Wold Farmers Market, Market Square, Stow, 9am to 1.30pm
  • Friday, 9th November: Tesco, Stow-on-the-Wold, 1pm to 7pm

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Cabinet gives green light to Cotswold waste proposals

Wide-ranging plans to improve the waste and recycling service in the Cotswolds were today (Thursday, 11th October) given the green light.

The proposals, which include the introduction of a weekly collection of food waste for composting and the introduction of wheelie bins for the collection of non-recyclable waste, were unanimously supported by Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet.

If the full Council endorses that decision next Tuesday, the new service will be rolled out across the District from February 2008.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “We have been looking at this waste service redesign for 18 months and these proposals have the makings of a first-class service that will take us forward.”

Cotswold District is already top of the recycling league in Gloucestershire with a recycling and composting rate of over 40% and the Council believes the proposed improvements to the service should ensure it continues to lead the way with a rate approaching 60%.

The new service would include:

  • The introduction of a weekly food waste collection for composting using new food waste containers
  • The collection of garden waste weekly instead of fortnightly and the introduction of a small charge for those residents who want to receive a garden waste collection
  • The fortnightly kerbside collection of card and cardboard for recycling using new reusable bags
  • The continuation of the current fortnightly kerbside collection of paper, tins/cans, aerosols and glass for recycling
  • The collection of non-recyclable waste fortnightly in wheelie bins or authorised coloured bin bags instead of weekly in black sacks

The weekly collection of cooked and uncooked food waste would mean the vast majority of ‘smelly waste’ would still be collected on a weekly basis, so there should be no fears of problems surrounding vermin, maggots and flies.

New plastic bottle recycling banks in Cotswold villages

New recycling banks for plastic bottles have been introduced in two more Cotswold villages this week.

A large container has been sited at Didmarton Village Hall and a smaller ‘igloo’ style facility has been put in the car park of the Bibury Trout Farm.

In addition, the small plastic bottle banks at Willersey, near Chipping Campden, have been replaced by one much larger container.

The new banks are part of Cotswold District Council’s drive to increase recycling and reduce waste.

Tetbury goes green with weekend Swap Shop

Unwanted items ranging from books to bicycles were exchanged for free at a Swap Shop in Tetbury.

Last weekend’s event was organised by Cotswold District Council as part of its drive to reduce waste and promote the re-use and recycling of materials.

Residents were able to bring along unwanted but re-usable clothes, shoes, books, crockery, videos and computer games and take other items home with them for free.

Recycling is in the bag for show visitors

Recycling at Moreton Fire Service collegeHundreds of free reusable jute shopping bags were handed out to visitors at the Moreton Fire Service College Open Day.Recycling advice and information was given out by Cotswold District Council officers and more than 300 show-goers filled out questionnaires in exchange for Recycle for Gloucestershire shopping bags.

Kate Newman, Compost Officer for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, was also kept busy with a string of inq

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