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PUBLIC CONSULTATION RESPONSES MAIN THEMES AND RESPONSES Welcoming the proposal and the increase in recycling. Surprised that it has taken the Isle of Wight Council so long to do this when so many mainland authorities did it a while ago. Wastes such as plastics, cardboard and some paper have not been separately collected for recycling previously as the opportunity has been taken to use these materials, with all of the other wastes in residents general waste, to generate energy through the Gasification plant in Newport. Here the waste is processed into fuel which is currently used at the Gasification plant at the same site. The paper, plastics, card and other combustible wastes in general household waste are a component of the fuel. The same process also removes steel and aluminium cans from the general waste which are then recycled. Whilst this has been an effective approach, the Gasification plant has not been entirely reliable and we need to establish more robust arrangements to avoid the risks associated with disposing of increasing volumes of waste through landfill. Concerned about using wheelie bins for recyclable waste: visual impact; obstructing pavements; not suitable for some properties such as terraced housing, properties with steps; bins being left on the pavement for weeks or months; too big for some households. The wheelie bins for recyclable waste would be on pavements for a short period of time once a fortnight. The current guidelines of waste being placed out for collection no earlier than 6pm the night before collection or preferably early on the morning of collection would continue. Further guidance about bins being taken back within a property within a specified period of time following collection would be necessary. Particular consideration will have to be given to properties which are holiday homes where residents may not be at the property on collection day or for a significant period of time afterward. A wheelie bin takes up less room on a pavement than a black box. However, whereas approximately 35% of residents put a black box out for collection, it is hoped that all appropriate properties will use the wheelie bins. Therefore there will be more containers presented for collection. As with the introduction of the kerbside collection of waste last year, the waste team will work with the collection crews and residents to agree collection points for bins in areas where local circumstances make that necessary. There will be fewer bags of non recyclable waste placed out for collection on the week that these are collected which will not be prone to scavenging by animals. Where wheelie bins are not suitable for a particular property, clear plastic sacks will be provided for recyclable waste instead. These need to be clear so that the collection crews can verify that they contain recyclable waste before putting them in the vehicle. Further consideration also needs to be given to properties which produce too little waste to justify a wheelie bin of any size for recyclable waste.

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Would be happy with the changes to the recycling service, but would prefer to keep the non-recyclable waste collected weekly. Particularly concerned with keeping nappies and other hygiene wastes for longer than 1 week. Perceived to be a reduction in service. Two separate vehicles will be used to make the collection from every property. The general waste lorry will collect the non recyclable waste and the food waste. The recyclable waste lorry will collect the wheelie bins of recyclable waste and food waste on the following week. To collect nonrecyclable waste every week would require double the number of general waste lorries and crews. This additional cost would make the service unviable. More waste will be put in the recyclable container, leaving very little non recyclable waste for collection. Food waste will be collected every week in the special compartments which would be on both types of lorry. By collecting this waste weekly, the remaining non-recyclable waste will not contain waste most likely to generate flies, attract vermin or cause odours. Nappies and other hygiene items would need to be in the non-recyclable waste and be collected fortnightly. Residents will be advised to put hygiene items in sealed bags before putting in their general waste, and to keep this waste in a bin with a lid prior to collection. Importance of ensuring that the food waste bins are secure against animals and concerned that these will be left littering the street after collections. The food waste containers which it is proposed to provide have lockable lids such that even if the container is knocked over, the lid will not open. Discussion and agreement will need to be reached with the waste contractor with regard to the return point for the empty food waste containers. The current instruction is that containers are to be returned to the position they were collected from. A wheelie bin for garden waste is not required for the whole year. These will be too big for some peoples needs. The current sack collection is more flexible to individuals requirements. The garden waste collection service would be a commercial activity operated by Island Waste Services and residents are not obligated to participate in this. If residents do not wish to have their garden waste collected in a wheelie bin they have alternative options of composting at home, delivering it to the Household Waste Recycling Centres (Civic Amenity Sites) or contacting a private waste collection contractor to collect. The council should do more about reducing waste including promoting home composting, tackling supermarkets about the amount of packaging waste and reducing the amount of commercial waste that goes to landfill.

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There is national legislation which applies to retailers producing and using packaging which requires them to reduce the packaging they use and recycle this waste. This is not always immediately apparent to the public as sometimes packaging is thinned rather than removed altogether for example a glass beer bottle is now up to 17% thinner than it was 10 years ago. Local authorities have a statutory duty to collect, recycle and dispose of household waste and are set targets nationally for diverting this waste from landfill. Local authorities do not have similar duties and targets for commercial waste as the governments position is that market forces will drive producers of commercial waste to dispose of this waste in the most economic way. With the increases in landfill tax, landfilling waste is no longer the most economic disposal route. This year the council will be consulting on a waste strategy for the island, which will include consideration of commercial waste, and whether the council should provide a recycling service for this waste. The public and other stakeholders will be consulted on this strategy and will have an opportunity to comment.

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