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Cabinet to discuss recycling incentive payments

A glass bottle being recycled

Recycling waste incentive payments will be discussed at the next meeting of Cabinet

Changes to County Hall recycling incentive payments to district councils are being considered, to save more than £1 million per year.

The county council’s ruling cabinet will next week consider a new approach from April 2018, where all recycled waste collected by district councils is directed to the most appropriate facility, removing the need for payments, also known as recycling credits.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for waste, said:

 

Recycling has significantly moved on and recycling credits, intended as an incentive when they were introduced, are no longer fit for purpose.

However, we are very committed in working with our district partners to ensure high quality, cost effective services within a challenging financial climate.

District councils have a responsibility to collect waste and recycle from the kerbside and we will encourage and continue to work with them to collect as much recyclable waste as possible.

 

Back in February, the county council agreed to reduce its £3.1 million annual funding for recycling credits, by £1.03m. 

Following consultation with the district councils, the county council is now proposing to:

Serve notice on the districts that current arrangements and incentive payments will end from April 2018;

Procure a new waste contractor or contractors to handle Leicestershire’s recyclable waste collected by the districts;

The cabinet will consider the report at its meeting at 11am on Friday, 16 September. It will be webcast, live, at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast and a recording will be available to view from the following day onwards.

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