The review also seeks to look at improving the refuse service’s ability to provide kerbside collections in streets where access is often a problem, through local parking restrictions where appropriate, but also by introducing more “hard to access” resources. The review will also provides an opportunity to look again at those parts of the city that did not move to alternate week collection (i.e. black bin one week, green bin the next) and decide whether now is the time to do so.
The Council did manage to complete some of the review work just prior to the pandemic and some during it: for example the garden waste (brown bin) routes were all redesigned/updated and introduced in 2020, a city wide Traffic Regulation Order was introduced at the locations where parked cars were causing regular missed collections and we introduced new Chargehand roles in crews, and use of in-cab technology.
Cllr Mohammed Iqbal and I will be asking for the following:
All areas of the ward (non-apartment blocks) not on alternate weekly collections to move to this.
Apartment blocks to be offered an enhanced recycling offer either via weekly or fortnightly green collections to those who don't currently have this - subject to negotiations with building owners
More parking restrictions to be added to problematic backstreets of terraced areas to allow for Civil Enforcement to keep these clear on bin day
More smaller refuse wagons for the areas where installing parking restrictions, if needed, would unfairly impact negatively on those with access needs to these backstreet, such as for those with mobility needs.