Labour’s spokesperson for the environment and community safety in the city, Cllr Stephen Morgan, has backed council plans to introduce a time-limited and area-limited pilot of wheeled bins for refuse.
The cabinet member agreed to trial the new approach at a decision-making meeting last Wednesday. Stephen backed the plans.
Disposing of waste in the refuse, rather than recycling it, costs the Portsmouth taxpayer. If all of the potential recyclables currently going into the city’s black bag refuse stream were diverted to recycling, it is estimated that up to £500,000 per annum could be saved.
The pilot will take place in Cosham ward and it is hoped not only will the scheme improve waste management services for residents but also impact on street cleansing and litter as it is known that black bags can be split before or during collection, leaving litter on the highway.
Speaking in support of the proposals Cllr Stephen Morgan said:
“I welcome this new approach by the council. A number of residents have raised concerns with me about refuse collection and I hope the council can learn lots from this pilot to inform any roll out in other parts of Portsmouth.
After numerous challenges when the previous administration rolled out the recycling bin scheme across the city, I urged at the decision-making meeting that officers do everything they can to ensure residents are properly communicated and consulted on this change to an important local service.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on developments”.
The operation of collecting household waste is currently undertaken on behalf of the council by Biffa. The new wheeled bins will be trialled for refuse for six months.