Council trials new ideas for rubbish and recycling collection
CRAWLEY Borough Council has carried out two eight-week trials to explore possible changes in the way the town’s domestic rubbish is collected.
A report which went before the performance monitoring scrutiny panel on Tuesday (September 18) laid out the results of the trials, which took place in selected streets all across town.
The first experiment involved the collection of recycling and rubbish at the same time, using a split-back vehicle with two compartments to keep the two loads separate. In this trial, residents used black sacks to store their rubbish.
The second trial also involved a split-back vehicle but this time residents used 140litre wheelie bins to store their rubbish.
No decisions have been made yet but the report indicated that 90 per cent of the people who took part in the wheelie bin trial said they would like the council to provide such bins for refuse.
A council spokesman said: “Our current waste and recycling collection contract is due to expire at the end of January 2014.
“As part of our preparation for providing the service from this time onwards, we undertook two separate trials over an eight-week period between May and July this year.
“Each trial covered approximately 750 households across a range of neighbourhoods with either a Monday or Wednesday collection day.
“Residents were asked to complete a survey at the end of the trial and we have received more than 700 responses. This has given us some very useful feedback on the trials, but no decision has yet been taken on the final specification to be adopted.”
Draft proposals are expected to be drawn up in late September/early October.
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