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Meeting of the Executive held on 04/04/2006
Members' Trial of the Alternate Weekly Collection Scheme



Annexe 1

Members’ Trial Of The Alternate Weekly Collection Scheme

1. The Portfolio Holder wrote to Waverley Members and Town & Parish Councils at the end of December to explain the purposes and outline arrangements for the Members’ Trail. The letter to Town & Parish Councils also invited two additional participants from each.

2. A letter, information sheet, set of frequently asked questions and a feedback form were delivered to participants during the week commencing 23rd January in preparation for the first collection on Saturday 28th January. This information was not in the form that will be delivered to householders. The trial has taken place over six weeks, ending on Saturday 4th March. During that period there were 3 collections of residual waste and 3 collections of recyclate.

3. There were 56 Waverley Borough Member participants, 17 Town / Parish participants and the Surrey County Council Environment Portfolio Holder (74 total). However, since one Waverley Member lives outside of Waverley, there are a number of combined households, and some away on holiday the total number of households participating ranged from 62 to 66.

4. The first collection of residual waste on Saturday 28th January was in all cases of less than seven days worth of waste since household waste had been collected during the previous week. The first week of recycling waste was also less than two week’s worth of collected recyclate.

5. An analysis of weights of refuse and recyclate collected are included in table 1 on page 2 of this annexe. Current total annual average household waste arisings in Waverley equate to approximately 18.5Kg per household per year. Participants achieved a recycling rate of 51.9% during the four-week period from 11th February and 4th March.

6. As a result of the Members Trial it can be concluded that participants:

I. Were generally able to keep their residual waste contained in a single wheeled bin, but some expressed concern that others may not be able to.

II. Experienced difficulty in attaching net covers to their plastic bottle & can recycling container.

III. Wanted clearer instructions on how to use the system.

IV. Were generally satisfied with Alternate Weekly Collections using a combination of wheeled bin and recycling containers for glass / paper / plastic bottles & cans.

V. Were most likely not to comply with the adopted system in relation to plastics.

7. These results together with collated comments from feed-back forms will be sent to all participants in the trial.

Analysis of weights of residual waste and recycling collected during the Members Trial of Alternate Weekly Collections 28th January – 4th March 2006.

Date of
Collection
Waste or
Recycling
Total
Kg
Amount excess wasteGlass
Kg
Paper
Kg
Plas bottles
& cans
No. of
Households
Avg.
Weight in Kg/
Household
28th JanuaryWaste520Nil---648.125
5th FebruaryRecycling1120-320760406517.23
11th
February
Waste960Nil---6415.00
18th
February
Recycling960-260640606215.48
25th
February
Waste1080Nil---6616.36
4th
March
Recycling1140-240820806218.38
Total Residual
Waste Kg
28/1
11/2
25/2
2,560All presented in one binAvg. number participant
h/holds


64.6
Avg. weight per h/hold/ collection
11/2 & 25/2

15.68 Kg
Total recyclate Kg
5/2
18/2
4/3
3,320820
24.6%
2,220
66.8%
180
5.4%
Avg. number participant
h/holds


63
Avg. weight per h/hold/ collection
18/2 & 4/3

16.92 Kg
Recycling rate for 4 wk period
11/2 – 4/3
Avg. Waste
11/2 & 25/2
15.68 Kg
Recyclate
18/2 &
4/3
16.92 Kg
Total Av. Waste &
Recycling
32.60 KgAvg.
Recycling rate
4 weeks 11/2-4/3
51.9%
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