Kirklees council announces major changes to recycling collections


Glass recycling could return to Kirklees by 2024 and food waste collection could begin by 2025 under new plans agreed yesterday.

Five recycling centers in the district and closed landfills should also come back under the control of local communities under 10-year contracts as part of a major overhaul.

The overhaul comes as a long-term waste contract with French company Suez is about to end, prompting Kirklees Council to set its vision until 2030.

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This vision includes achieving a recycling rate of at least 70% in household waste and recycling centers and recycling at least 55% of municipal waste.

Speaking at a cabinet decision-making meeting, Clr Naheed Mather said the new strategy aimed to “dramatically improve” recycling rates.

She said this “would give us more flexibility as a board to improve the standard and efficiency of the entire waste and recycling service.

“A key positive… is that it would give council complete control over the waste and recycling department and remove the limitations that currently exist around what residents can recycle.”

The town is in the last year of a 25-year waste contract with Suez. This was recently extended for another two years to allow for the changeover to the euro.

It will now end on March 31, 2025 with “ownership of fully operational and maintained assets” returning to the board upon expiration.

Staff will be transferred via TUPE to the board.

Taking over services in-house allows the council to have full control over recycling, which, under Suez, means residents have faced “significant limits” when attempting to recycle certain materials.

The board said ensuring modern and sustainable services for Kirklees is “key” to its vision.

Part of this will consist of increasing the recyclable materials collected at the curb and making a recycling service available to all schools, businesses and charities in the borough.

The government has set aside £ 300million nationwide for councils like Kirklees to bid to set up free food waste collections from 2025.

Wood Group UK PLC technical consultants have developed a business plan to guide the board towards its ambitions.

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