Lead by example
We aim to start the process for phasing out single use plastics from the Council and will work with our departments to make sure recycling is as high possible across the council.
We will also be working with local businesses to encourage
and help them reduce their waste and increase recycling.
Start the process of introducing food waste collection
During our engagement over 70% of respondents said they would use a food waste service. Given that food is a heavy waste item and recycling totals are calculated by weight, recycling food waste is key to improving Swindon’s recycling rate.
With that in mind we will be aiming to introduce food waste collections from 2020 and next year we will begin the process of organising the vehicles, staff, treatment facilities and containers required for the service to run. We will also look into a trial before a full roll out.
The engagement period highlighted a number of resident concerns regarding plastic waste collection and recycling. The feedback was very useful and as a result we will need to do further work to find out the best method for recycling or otherwise disposing of plastics in Swindon.
We have decided to postpone making any decisions on plastic collections while we wait for Government to publish their Resources and Waste Strategy as this may have an impact on what we do.
In the meantime our officers will also do further work to research alternative technologies which Swindon could use to recycle plastic waste.
You can read our full statement on our plastics decision here