Following further requests under Freedom of Information it is now clear that the Council’s Brown Bin Scheme is costing the city more than it saves.
The principle of charging residents for a brown bin to collect garden waste is only successful if a minimum level of households participate, and/or there is a wholesale use of garden composting; there is no evidence for the latter. Fundamentally the issue stems from the relative costs of waste disposal.
- garden waste collected in a brown bin costs the council £40-£50 per tonne.
- garden waste collected in a black bin or taken to Raynesway tip costs £90 per tonne.
The current before / after comparison is shown here.
As, an example, if 10,000 more households ( still only representing 25% of the City) signed up to the brown bin scheme, then the overall SAVING would be £450,000.
The Council is still claiming that it is saving £1,000,000 per year – the numbers simply do not bear that out.
Given this, the question is, “How is the Council balancing the books?”