The amount of Black Bin Waste per Household has fluctuated in recent years due to a programme of works to improve the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across Central Bedfordshire. Biggleswade, Ampthill and Leighton Buzzard Household Waste Recycling Centres have been developed and reopened to the public.
The latest data reported for the period January to March 2019 shows each household produced an average of 135 kg of black bin waste. Waste Data Flow (the web based system for municipal waste data reporting by UK Local Authorities to Government) have increased the property base within the system from 116,810 in 2017/18 to 118,310 for 2018/19, thus reducing the KG per household which has resulted in the overall annual outturn for 2018/19 being lower than previously indicated. The new waste collection contract for the Council (from Feb 20 onwards) will see food waste collection introduced in the south and bins for green waste offered to residents in the north over summer 2020. A large scale communications campaign will engage residents and encourage them to recycle as much as possible. In the meantime, a review of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) policy is also being considered including measures to reduce residual waste at the sites. Residual collected at HWRCs is now being split out so black bag material is sent for recovery rather than landfill and this should see an improvement in this indicator going forward.