Preston City Council would like your views on proposed changes to some of the ways in which the waste collection service operates.
The Council is reviewing this service in order to increase efficiency and reduce cost. This is to meet the significant budget challenges facing local government as a result of reductions in grant from central government.
Reporting Missed Bins
It is proposed to introduce a cut-off of 2 days for reporting a missed bin, after which waste collection staff will not return.
For missed bins reported after the 2 day cut-off allowance will be made for extra waste in addition to the bin at the next collection. Waste collection staff will be provided with a list of those households who have reported missed bins.
This will provide sufficient time for residents to report issues and bring Preston City Council’s waste management service in line with most other authorities in Lancashire. It will also reduce the number of repeat trips to a single area, enabling the team to continue to provide an efficient service to all residents.
Returning for Missed Bins
It is proposed to no longer return to missed bins where the resident has forgotten to place the bin out for collection. This will reduce costs – both operational and administrative - involved in dealing with these missed collections. It will also bring the service in line with other authorities in Lancashire.
Collections from Private Roads
To standardise the service, it is proposed that all collections will take place on the edge of the property located nearest the highway (adopted or unadopted). This will remove a current inequality in service provision, improve collection efficiency and reduce collection costs. Additionally it will also reduce issues relating to limited access such as blocked private turning areas and overgrown hedges/trees.
Preston City Council proposes to cease the collection of textiles and promote the use of charity shops and independent charity collections.
What happens next?
Officers will produce a consultation report based on public responses to the consultation, which will be published on the PCC website. It will then be presented to the Preston City Council who will then make decisions on how the service will operate in future.
The online consultation is open until Thursday 19th October. Click here to submit your comments.