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Posted by: John Brace | 27th June 2016

Councillors on Wirral Council’s Labour Cabinet to make decision today on public consultation over changes to green bin collection and food waste collection from Wirral’s residents

Councillors on Wirral Council’s Labour Cabinet to make decision today on public consultation over changes to green bin collection and food waste collection from Wirral’s residents

                             

Councillors on the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) discussed the upcoming decision by Wirral Council’s Cabinet on Friday afternoon (24th June 2016) at item 14 (Waste Composition Analysis) which starts at 14 minutes 30 seconds into the meeting.

Left: Councillor Steve Williams (Conservative, Wirral Council) describes at a public meeting of the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority the effect on his neighbour with 6 children of proposed changes to bin collections Right: Councillor Tony Norbury (Labour, Wirral Council)

Left: Councillor Steve Williams (Conservative, Wirral Council) describes at a public meeting of the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority the effect on his neighbour with 6 children of proposed changes to bin collections Right: Councillor Tony Norbury (Labour, Wirral Council)

A meeting of Wirral Council’s Labour Cabinet this morning (if you are reading this on the 27th June 2016) will (amongst other matters) decide on whether to consult on two options to changes to how waste is collected in the future on the Wirral.

These are the two shortlisted options that look likely to be consulted on.

Option 1

Green Bin

Each Wirral household that has a 240 litre green bin will be given a new smaller 140 litre green bin (a reduction of 42%). However collections that are now fortnightly (every two weeks) will remain fortnightly (every two weeks)

Grey Bin

Same size bin as before (240 litres) and no change to collection frequency (fortnightly). This is the same as option 2.

New Food Bin (colour unknown)

Households will receive a new food bin (capacity 23 litres) which would be emptied every week. This is the same as option 2.

Option 2

Green Bin


Each Wirral household keeps their existing 240 litre green bin. However collections are now every three weeks instead of every two weeks.

Grey Bin


Same size bin as before (240 litres) and no change to collection frequency (fortnightly). This is the same as option 1.

New Food Bin (colour unknown)

Households will receive a new food bin (capacity 23 litres) which would be emptied every week. This is the same as option 1.



Changes to Wirral Council‘s contract (Waste Recycling and Street Cleansing Services) with Biffa, if the changes are approved after consultation will be required.

The driver (in part) behind the changes is the European Union Waste Framework Directive 2008 which in UK legislation became the Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

For local councils such as Wirral Council, this legislation has a target to reuse and recycle 50% of household waste by 2020 and if local councils miss this target there is the possibility of fines.

Wirral Council’s current recycling rate is 37%.



This is also connected to a European Union funded project called Wastecosmart, which involves the UK, the Dutch, the Italians, the Swedish, the Hungarians and the Cypriots.

Left: Councillor Steve Williams (Conservative, Wirral Council) describes at a public meeting of the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority the effect on his neighbour with 6 children of proposed changes to bin collections Right: Councillor Tony Norbury (Labour, Wirral Council)

Left: Councillor Steve Williams (Conservative, Wirral Council) describes at a public meeting of the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority the effect on his neighbour with 6 children of proposed changes to bin collections Right: Councillor Tony Norbury (Labour, Wirral Council)

The UK element of this project involves the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) on which two Wirral Council councillors pictured above sit (Cllr Steve Williams (Conservative) and Cllr Tony Norbury (Labour)), the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)’s Centre for Waste Management and C-Tech Innovation Ltd.

The 2014/15 accounts for C-Tech Innovation Ltd (which was previously called Capenhurst.Tech Ltd, before that Capenhurst.Dot.Tech Ltd and before that LAWGRA (NO.700) Ltd) show that they have been subject to a European Union Grant Commission audit into grant income they receive from the European Union. There is a potential claw back claim (according to their accounts filed with Companies House) of £954,868.

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Responses

  1. We’re not in the EU so why follow their directives? What Are the Council going to do over the mass of lies that will gather round food bins?

    • Hi, the UK is still in the EU (despite the Referendum result). After the Referendum, there’s a 6 week period in which legal challenges can be brought.

      If there’s the political will after that (and Cameron’s said while he’s Prime Minister he won’t start the process) it could take 2-4 years to sort out leaving and the UK wouldn’t have left until that process finished.

      So at least for the next two years, the UK is subject to EU laws.

      I’ve just returned from the Cabinet meeting this morning, they have decided to have a six week consultation over the summer with residents about the food bins proposal.

  2. Yes i would also say we’re not the EU, well atleast hang on a bit till things get sorted out no good wasting millions of taxpayers money, only a few months down the road you change it all again,
    As for giving people small bins that a joke, why not have one large food bin on most streets then each house can tip the waste into this, then once a week it can be emptied

    • These options will be consulted on with residents over the summer in a 6 week consultation.

      The Cabinet Member at this morning’s meeting made it clear that lowering the amount of rubbish in the green bins was collected by Biffa on behalf of Wirral Council would decrease the cost they pay to Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority to deal with the rubbish after it’s collected.

      In fact she talked about creating gas from the food waste to power the bin lorries.

      I think the rationale behind the smaller bins proposal is to encourage people to use waste they would put in the green bin in one of the other three proposed bins instead.

  3. G’day John

    I was talking to an accountant yesterday that was appalled and disgusted that wirral never did anything about Wirral “Funny” Bizz and there incompetence and cheating.

    He was sorting accounts, Company’s House forms and tax returns out for a small (very small) business, a graduate of AdderleyDadderleyDooLally’s and Invest (in thyself) Wirral’s flagship Wirral “Funny” Bizz that was talked into buying an accounting package off them by that chap Davies that was not necessary.

    Hours and hours of wasted time.

    He got his blood pressure up even more talking about the fines that had accumulated from Inland Revenue and Companies House over a business that had a turnover of about three weeks wages for AdderleyDadderleyDooLally.

    Ooroo

    James

    Their legacy lives on five years later ecca and will no doubt outlive your tenure if you don’t do something.

    • The last paragraph in this article I put in thinking of you James!

      I also run a small business. I’m not a graduate of the Adderley/Wirral Biz school of doing business.

      However I try to be careful enough not to attract HMRC fines. In fact I submit my self-assessment forms well before the deadline and around the start of the financial year.

      There are pitfalls to running a limited company that can result in Company House penalties too.

      I don’t have "tenure" in this position as Editor of this blog as you put it (although it’s very difficult to sack me). Although it may be a permanent position, I could always hand over the reins to Leonora who might have a radically different approach to myself.

      I agree with you that the delays over the issues raised at that special meeting of the Audit and Risk Management Committee meeting have not been dealt with in a timely fashion.

      Cllr Jim Crabtree has left, Graham Burgess has left, so really the new regime should grasp the nettle by the thorns and finally put this to bed. But being the public sector I wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening!

      • G’day John

        You can only say good riddens to “Crapapple” and Burge(rwiththelot plus 25 mistakesin 7 second)ss.

        Has anyone missed them

        When are they going to replace “Ugh Boots” boyfriend?

        They do need a CEO John to sort out Wirralgate and Wirral “Funny” Bizz.

        Ooroo

        James

        They are still hiding the list of BIG fund recipients and the DCLG Report that the auditor told “Highbrow” that he recommended a giant clawback and they say he didn’t.

        Not another liar like AdderleydadderleyDooLally my boy?


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