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. Feedback from residents using the new sites has been very positive. While these centres were closed for development however, it has impacted the amount of waste going into black bins.
Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to reducing the amount of household waste sent to landfill and aims to reduce the amount produced during the same quarter in the previous financial year. The latest data reported in September 2017 showed each household produced an average of 141.61kg of black bin waste. This was an increase and is likely to be due to the improving economy encouraging purchasing and resulting in additional waste. A behaviour change campaign was launched in November 2017 to help encourage increased recycling by residents. We are also currently consulting with residents around a number of options to change our waste collection systems such as collecting glass separately, rolling out food waste to the south and three weekly residual (black bin) collections. These have the potential to increase recycling by 5-11% and would reduce the waste going into black bins.