Yesterday, new plans were announced for the introduction of kerbside collection of plastics in Rotherham. The plans were revealed in the latest 2018/19 budget proposals at the Cabinet meeting of Rotherham Council. With the Tory government pushing further austerity on local councils, Rotherham faces deeper budget cuts and will have to save £15.1 million in the upcoming financial year. Despite this, nearly a million pounds will be ring fenced to help introduce kerbside plastic collection.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safetyat Rotherham Council, has said: “I’m delighted that we will be moving towards kerbside collection of plastics in Rotherham. I know a lot of residents raised their support for this in the recent consultation on the future of the waste service in the borough.
We already recycle plastics in the borough and I’m sure the introduction of the kerbside policy will strengthen our plastic recycling even further in Rotherham.”
The 2018/19 budget discussed at the Cabinet meeting yesterday included a further increase in council tax, with nearly a million pounds of the money raised here to be used for the introduction of the kerbside collection of plastics. This policy will complement the efforts that are already made in the borough to recycle plastic. In Rotherham, most plastics that can be recycled from household general waste in the current black bin is extracted at the council’s BDR Waste Site in Manvers which then allows for these plastics to be recycled.
The plans for kerbside collection of plastics reflects that it was raised as a priority by residents in the recent waste service consultation, demonstrating that Rotherham Council has listened and acted upon those concerns. You can read more about the 2018/19 budgets proposals here.