These pages tell you all about the recycling and refuse services the council provides.
Crayford materials recycling facility utilises optical sortation equipment that uses NIR (Nir-Infra Red technology) to sort plastic by polymer type, which are then ejected from the mixed plastic stream. These are typically sorted into HDPE and PET bottle fractions. The remaining mixed plastic fractions are then sent for onward recycling and reprocessing. Dedicated plastic reprocessing facilities will have further optical sortation equipment to achieve full polymer sort of all plastic grades, this equipment can sort down to particles of only a few millimetres in diameter.
Those items cannot be accepted at present. As pointed out these comprise of metal and plastic that cannot easily be separated at a materials recycling facility. Viridor is constantly looking to expand the list of recyclable materials that can be accepted at its facilities so as technology develops, those and other type of materials may be accepted for recycling.
Leicestershire County Council operate a paint resuse scheme from Whetstone Recycling and Household Waste Site. Paints that are partially dry or mixed with other paints cannot be reused; gloss paints cannot be accepted due to the flammability of these products. Only clean, water based paint can be accepted.
All of Leicestershire's Household Waste Sites, commonly known as tips are licensed to accept paint for disposal. The paint however, must be completely dried. This allows the site to dispose of any paint, gloss or otherwise, that members of the public bring to the site.
For further information about anything to do with Leicestershire's household waste sites please contact the County Council on 0116 305 0001, or visit www.leics.gov.uk/index/environment
There is a value to recycling, as it can be sold onto manufacturers to be made into new things. Any income generated from selling the recycling is put back into the service provided, so helping to keep Council Tax to a minimum.
Under the previous contract, the Council were paid a fixed, low rate for the recycling. Whilst this gave security through a guaranteed income when the value of recycling was low, it didn't take into account times when the value was higher.
The new contract for the sale of recycling to Viridor has a fluctuating value associated with the materials, so that when the market value is high, the Council get more money for the materials, and when the value is low, we get less. For security, there is a minimum value built into the contract, to ensure that we always get a reasonable payment for the materials.
The contract with Viridor also requires them to provide, at their expense, a transfer facility so that the Council is only required to travel to Mountsorrel to tip the waste collected. Under the previous contract, each vehicle had to travel to Coalville two or three times a day to tip. This change represents a big saving in terms of fuel (both financial and environmental savings) and time.
The cost of introducing green bins has been met by Serco, the Council's waste collection contractor. These represent a long-term investment with a one-off payment for bins, which is more cost effective over time than the continual supply of recycling bags.
Plastic film such as supermarket carrier bags and LDPE sacks from commingled collection rounds are removed at the front end of the process. The Crayford facility utilises bag splitters, that have a rotating ripping drum that splits the bags and empties the contents. The film is then removed manually from the remainder of the recyclable stream.
For example a band D property in Charnwood charge is £1208.98 for 2006. This raises very high expectations of the refuse and recycling service which actually costs each household only £47.09. Most of the remainder (nearly £900) goes to Leicestershire County Council for Education, Social Services, and Highways. About £170 goes to the Emergency Services, and the Parish and Town Councils take an average of £40. We are always striving to deliver value for money but please don’t think of it as costing you £1000 or more for refuse and recycling, it doesn’t.
A Project Board was set up to ensure the process ran smoothly. A Market Workshop was then held for potential bidders, to give them more information on which to base their decision to tender. Reference Panels were also set up: one for Members, and one for the Community. These panels were led by an independent facilitator, and sought to get information about the priorities for the contract. A thorough short-listing process was undertaken by professionals in Environmental Services, alongside independent evaluation by Environmental Consultants. Site visits were made to contracts run by each of the shortlisted bidders, followed by clarification presentations. Each of these companies were scored against a number of criteria, and the highest scoring bidder put forward to Cabinet for approval.
Unfortunately, Charnwood Borough Council do not operate a trade waste collection service. You need to ring a commercial waste contractor and arrange a contract.
We recommend that uncooked food waste, such as vegetable peelings, tea bags and egg shells, should be placed in a home composter. Cooked food waste, such as left-overs can be placed in a food digester. For current offers and further information on home composters, and cooked food waste digesters, call the County Council on 0116 305 7005, or click here.
There will be physical identification marks on the green bin to make it easy to distinguish between the two types of bin.
You can either use our on-line Report a Problem form to order some more, call us on 01509 634563 or call into the Council's Southfield Road offices in Loughborough.
One requirement of the contract with our pratners Serco is that it reduces the current carbon emissions of the service. Serco are aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 40%, by re-routing the collection rounds, and using vehicles powered by bio-diesel. This is in addition to the substantial amounts of energy that is being saved by recycling valuable materials such as plastic, aluminium and steel. As well as reducing our emmission of greenhouse gases by composting organic garden waste.
Charnwood Borough Council undertook a competitive tender process to find out the most efficient and cost-effective solution for the processing of recyclables collected across the borough. After the council’s comprehensive assessment, Viridor's tender successfully met the council’s criteria and proved to be the preferred option.
The Crayford MRF facility is located in close proximity to a number of its reprocessing partners, so although the front end movement of material from Charnwood to Crayford may be seen as a long journey, the movement from Crayford to the next stage of reprocessing is in many cases reduced. An example of this is that Viridor trades with Aylesford Newsprint Ltd, a large recyclable newsprint mill in Kent, which is only approximately 20 miles from the Crayford facility.
No cleaning is completed at Crayford of the recyclable commodities. Crayford is the first stage of the reprocessing process, sorting the recyclable materials into individual grades. Materials are then baled and sent to dedicated reprocessors per material stream. These reprocessing facilities will often employ washing and drying facilities into their processes to de-label and remove contamination of products.
The new contract is worth £32 million, and will generate savings of £2.4 million for the Council in the first two years. These savings can be used to enable investment in other services, and to keep costs down for residents.
From 1st August 2009, the red and green recycling bags were phased out, and replaced by a single recycling sack, which will be used in conjunction with the existing green box for glass. None of the materials that can be recycled will be changed. This should make it easier for residents with sacks to recycle.
In 2011/12, green wheelie bins were introduced to collect recycling, this makes recycling easier, tidier, and no longer susceptible to animals ripping open bags. They have also made it safer for the collection crews to handle.
These properties will be visited individually to assess the most appropriate method of collection. This may result in the use of 240 litre green bins, 1100 litre bins, or purple sacks and green boxes.
The recycling is taken to a materials recycling facility (MRF). There it is mechanically sorted and separated into its respective materials. The MRF then sells the material to merchants all over the country, where it is recycled into various products.
Should you not want a green wheelie bin for recycling, and you do not qualify to be an exempt property, you can choose not to participate in the recycling service, but you will not receive a Council Tax refund, nor an additional black bin collection. This also means that bags of recycling will not be collected.
To minimise the amount of space recycling takes up in the green bin, items should be squashed (where possible), and not bagged up before being placed in the bin.
Recycling which will not fit in the green wheelie bin will be accepted, but it must be presented next to the green wheelie bin, in a suitable container or bag, but it MUST be clearly identifiable as recycling. As such, black bags should be avoided.
Properties frequently producing more recycling than will fit in one bin are eligible for a second green wheelie bin. To order an additional green bin please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01509 634563.
- Collecting refuse and recycling from the kerbside of properties
- Cleaning the streets
- Emptying litter bins
- Collecting bulky household waste, such as old furniture
- Increasing the amount of bulky waste diverted from landfill through re-use
- Collecting garden waste from properties subscribing to the service.
Serco retain the contract they started operating in August 2009 for the collection of refuse and recycling.
The contract for receiving the recyclate has recently been taken on by Viridor, through a tendering process. The contract with Viridor started on 1st August 2011. Recycling is now tipped at a waste transfer station in Mountsorrel. This change will not affect residents.
We're really sorry, but this bit on the leaflet is incorrect. The recycling is no longer hand sorted, but sorted mechanically, so there is no risk to people because of sharp pieces of glass. However, it is still important that needles are not put in the recycling collection - a special clinical collection should be arranged.
Charnwood Borough Council are not obliged to provide these services for free . All the other Councils in Leicestershire charge for bulky waste collections, Charnwood being the last one to introduce a charge. For more information on the bulky waste service please click here.
The change is linked to the new contract with Serco, which began in August 2009. Serco proposed the introduction of fully-comingled recycling (i.e. all recyclate in one container) as a means of increasing Charnwood’s recycling rate, by making it easier for residents to recycle.
This wasn’t introduced at the same time as the Serco contract, as the recycling collection vehicles in use didn’t have bin lifting mechanisms on them, meaning that they couldn’t empty wheelie bins. The lease for these vehicles has now ended, and Serco have purchased a fleet of recycling collection vehicles with bin lifting mechanisms.
Viridor showed good value for money, whilst providing a service which meets the needs of the residents of Charnwood.
Stock is limited, and therefore those households that have a small black bin and wish to have a small recycling bin will take priority.
With our current levels of recycling we estimate that in most cases the standard sized green recycling bin will provide the most suitable solution and we would urge residents to try them out before considering applying for alternatives.
These alternatives will only be supplied where storage or access is a problem following an assessment by Council officers. To discuss this matter please contact email@example.com or telephone 01509 634563.
Last updated: Thu 18th September, 2014 @ 14:06