Recycling incentive scheme gets the go ahead

First published in News by , local government reporter

Hopes are rising that Brighton and Hove's flagging recycling rates will pick up after councillors approved an incentive scheme that would reward communities.

Recycling rates in the city have dropped to about 25% in recent years and the city is now far below neighbouring authorities like Bristol, Cheltenham and Bournemouth, which all have recycling rates above 40%.

The recession and changes to buying habits have all been given as reasons for the decline.

But councillors are now hoping the rate will pick up with the cash rewards on offer.

The council currently saves about £56 for every tonne of recycling it receives.

Under the new proposal about £15 would be put into a special "community fund" for every additional tonne it brings in.

The money would then be split into grants - ranging from about £1,000 to £5,000 - that community groups could bid for at the end of the year.

Councillors largely welcomed the scheme, which it is hoped could bring the council's recycling rates up to about 35%, but Labour councillor Gill Mitchell said she was sceptical the scheme would make any significant difference.

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8:47pm Tue 29 Apr 14

HJarrs says...

Will the Argus actually do something for the city for once and campaign to get people recycling?
Will the Argus actually do something for the city for once and campaign to get people recycling? HJarrs
  • Score: -8

9:08pm Tue 29 Apr 14

harbourguy says...

How can Bristol, Cheltenham and Bournemouth be considered neighbouring authorities?
How can Bristol, Cheltenham and Bournemouth be considered neighbouring authorities? harbourguy
  • Score: 10

9:35pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Hove Actually says...

So the council makes £56 for every ton it saves and will possibly give £15 of this to dare I say ne of it's pet projects at some time in the future.
Mean while it will continue to roll out a collection system that it knows decreases rates.
Go greens..............
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So the council makes £56 for every ton it saves and will possibly give £15 of this to dare I say ne of it's pet projects at some time in the future. Mean while it will continue to roll out a collection system that it knows decreases rates. Go greens.............. ................. Hove Actually
  • Score: 9

10:07pm Tue 29 Apr 14

braigieben says...

Maybe if they weren't so crap at collecting it then it wouldn't be so bad! Works well in other countries yet the greens must be the most un green council there is. We must be due another bin strike again by now ( just as the council tax goes up again)
Maybe if they weren't so crap at collecting it then it wouldn't be so bad! Works well in other countries yet the greens must be the most un green council there is. We must be due another bin strike again by now ( just as the council tax goes up again) braigieben
  • Score: 8

10:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Will the argus get a campaign going to get the council to deliver the services the residents pay for.
Will the argus get a campaign going to get the council to deliver the services the residents pay for. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 14

10:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

rolivan says...

HJarrs wrote:
Will the Argus actually do something for the city for once and campaign to get people recycling?
What is the point in people putting out recycling boxes or putting it into communal bins if it isn't getting collected regularly it is the responsibility of the Council not the Argus.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Will the Argus actually do something for the city for once and campaign to get people recycling?[/p][/quote]What is the point in people putting out recycling boxes or putting it into communal bins if it isn't getting collected regularly it is the responsibility of the Council not the Argus. rolivan
  • Score: 9

12:59am Wed 30 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

Well, I recycle everything I can possibly recycle, despite getting irritated by people like HJarrs.
Well, I recycle everything I can possibly recycle, despite getting irritated by people like HJarrs. NickBrt
  • Score: 3

7:38am Wed 30 Apr 14

HJarrs says...

rolivan wrote:
HJarrs wrote: Will the Argus actually do something for the city for once and campaign to get people recycling?
What is the point in people putting out recycling boxes or putting it into communal bins if it isn't getting collected regularly it is the responsibility of the Council not the Argus.
You can't recycle what is not put out. The rubbish and recycling service hjas been far morew reliable round my way since Xmas and now the possibility of a bin strike has receded, so I am sure everyone would be supportive of a campaign to get people recycling. Oh, wait, I forgot about the Argus moaners.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Will the Argus actually do something for the city for once and campaign to get people recycling?[/p][/quote]What is the point in people putting out recycling boxes or putting it into communal bins if it isn't getting collected regularly it is the responsibility of the Council not the Argus.[/p][/quote]You can't recycle what is not put out. The rubbish and recycling service hjas been far morew reliable round my way since Xmas and now the possibility of a bin strike has receded, so I am sure everyone would be supportive of a campaign to get people recycling. Oh, wait, I forgot about the Argus moaners. HJarrs
  • Score: -7

7:48am Wed 30 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

So do I nick, but the recycling day is now different from the rubbish collection day and while we know which day the rubbish is collected, the recycling day can be any day of the week. This means the recycling sits on the street for days and gets kicked about the street several times in that week. We shovel it up while we leave for work at 7am and wait for collection. I come home from work at 7pm and it's still uncollected. The process is repeated several days of the collection week. The few student homes which bother to recycle dont shovel it up so we have mess spewed across streets and gardens for days.
When this happens, reports are made to the council about uncollected waste and a private visit is made to these student homes at council tax payers cost, when the homes are not even paying council tax. One house opposite me had a private collection for the whole year as they dumped everything in the boxes which were never collected by the council as they were all sorts of waste so we had to make a weekly fly tip report. No action was taken against them despite utter **** being on the pavements week after week.
The hove recycling centre shuts on Saturday lunchtime so all the traffic now comes over to Wilson avenue via narrow residential streets which is worse now Lewes road is avoided by vehicles and we are used as a rat run. Do the greens care? No, they are too busy taking part in Middle East politics and fracking in Balcombe.
I thought the greens would have innovative ideas of community recycling and school initiatives and partnerships with various trusts and charities when they got elected but no.
Not one single campaign, no effort, no interest. Absolutely filthy and hopeless.
I pay £150 a month council tax and spend most of my time clearing up waste and dog **** from our pavements while he green councillors stick two fingers up at me and then ask for almost 5 per cent more council tax.
They are hopeless beyond words.
So do I nick, but the recycling day is now different from the rubbish collection day and while we know which day the rubbish is collected, the recycling day can be any day of the week. This means the recycling sits on the street for days and gets kicked about the street several times in that week. We shovel it up while we leave for work at 7am and wait for collection. I come home from work at 7pm and it's still uncollected. The process is repeated several days of the collection week. The few student homes which bother to recycle dont shovel it up so we have mess spewed across streets and gardens for days. When this happens, reports are made to the council about uncollected waste and a private visit is made to these student homes at council tax payers cost, when the homes are not even paying council tax. One house opposite me had a private collection for the whole year as they dumped everything in the boxes which were never collected by the council as they were all sorts of waste so we had to make a weekly fly tip report. No action was taken against them despite utter **** being on the pavements week after week. The hove recycling centre shuts on Saturday lunchtime so all the traffic now comes over to Wilson avenue via narrow residential streets which is worse now Lewes road is avoided by vehicles and we are used as a rat run. Do the greens care? No, they are too busy taking part in Middle East politics and fracking in Balcombe. I thought the greens would have innovative ideas of community recycling and school initiatives and partnerships with various trusts and charities when they got elected but no. Not one single campaign, no effort, no interest. Absolutely filthy and hopeless. I pay £150 a month council tax and spend most of my time clearing up waste and dog **** from our pavements while he green councillors stick two fingers up at me and then ask for almost 5 per cent more council tax. They are hopeless beyond words. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 7

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