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Council's weekly collection commitment reaps £3million reward

Bedford Borough Council is to receive £3.14million of government funding as an endorsement of its decision to keep weekly bin collections.

 

The Council had submitted a bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Weekly Collections Support Fund as one of the minority of Councils to have protected its weekly bin collection for residents. It put together a bid which is based on continuing the approach of working with residents to boost recycling and reduce waste across Bedford Borough.

 

As the fund was oversubscribed, all bids were assessed against detailed criteria before a final decision was taken as to which councils would receive funding. The Council has now been informed that based on its proposals it has successfully been awarded the full amount it had bid for, despite competition from other Councils.

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson added: “It is great news that we have been rewarded in this way for our ongoing commitment to protect weekly collections in the face of major financial pressures.  Residents across the borough tell me how much they value their weekly collection, and this grant award is another reminder that here in Bedford Borough we were right to hold out against the former County Council’s efforts to impose fortnightly collections on all households.

 

"We are now going to be able to do more to improve the front line bin collection service, reduce the impact on the environment and save money through new vehicles and the latest technology.  We’re working with residents to boost recycling, not forcing unwanted changes upon them, and I’m delighted that we have secured this new funding to help support our continuation of that approach.”

 

The funding will allow the Council to deliver a range of projects, and works over a 5 year programme. These schemes will sustain and improve the waste and recycling services within the borough. The projects include: the purchase of 5 new refuse freighters Electric vehicles to be used to promote increased recycling across the Borough, new bins to help people reduce their weekly black bin waste new GPS-based technology to make collections more efficient and responsive to the needs of residents, further schemes which will focus on improving recycling and customer services.

 

The Council will receive the funding over the next 3 years. The funding is not available to local authorities who have introduced fortnightly waste collections.

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