December 5 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Broadland council has agreed to help community groups find other sources of revenue when they lose out on vital bottle bank cash when the anticipated county-wide waste contract comes into being next year.
As part of the new contract, householders will be encouraged to put glass in their recycling wheelie bins, rather than having to go to bottle banks, with local profits going to Broadland council.
It means that parish councils, village halls, youth groups and charities are likely to stop getting cash for banks on their sites, estimated to be worth thousands of pounds a year.
A motion passed at last night’s Broadland council meeting welcomed the opportunity for the intended improvements in the recycling service across Norfolk through the kerbside collection of glass and a wider range of other materials from April 1, 2014.
But it also acknowledged that some village hall and other community groups that used money from glass and other recycling collection schemes would see reduced revenues from these sources.
The motion commended the work already done by council officers and members through the Norfolk Waste Partnerships to implement these major improvements, and the proposals to work with and help any affected organisations in providing information and guidance about alternative recycling revenue schemes.
The motion was proposed by Liberal Democrat councillor Ben McGilvray and it was agreed by the council after a slight amendment by Conservative councillor John Fisher. Mr McGilvray said: “We should keep these community groups in mind while we are making these changes.”
It comes just weeks after groups in North Norfolk expressed concerns about the new waste contract, which they said would leave them with a huge shortfall to make up.