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 June to September 2018 shows each household produced an average of 140kg of black bin waste. This is the same as for same period in 2017/18. However, the period April to June 2018 showed a 10kg increase so overall the annual outturn is expected to be higher than 2017/18, a trend seen by most of our neighbouring authorities and those in the eastern region. This is likely to be due to increased consumption resulting in additional waste, the redevelopment of our Household Waste Recycling Centres encouraging use and some resident’s not fully utilising their kerbside recycling, food waste and green waste collection schemes. Separate food waste collection will be rolled out in the south of the area next year which should improve this indicator, alongside ongoing communications to encourage a change in waste management behaviour.