IT’S goodbye to individual bins as the force continues its roll out of centralised waste hubs – a move that will now see the majority of our waste being recycled.
The new initiative will see individual bins across the force being replaced with two large receptacles in open plan and large office areas. One of these will be specifically for paper recycling (which is our largest waste producer) and another ‘general waste’ bin will be used for all other waste.
Birmingham City Council will be providing us with the free paper bins and will now recycle all of our waste paper. This has enabled the force to reduce the number of general waste bins that are paid for under current service agreements. The remaining general waste will go to the Tysley incinerator to produce renewable energy.
The new hubs were initially trialled by staff and officers on the 11th floor at Lloyd House before being rolled out throughout the rest of the building over the June bank holiday weekend.
Initial feedback from staff has been very positive, and along with the environmental benefits of the scheme it is envisaged that the introduction of the hubs could save the force around £20,000 per annum.
The scheme will roll out across all LPU’s over the next six months, in conjunction with local authorities and/or private service providers. In the meantime, cleaning services will continue to use the existing bins in situ.
If anyone has arranged local recycling schemes for their station or has an interest in environmental issues, please contact the contact Elaine Silvester, Mick Rycroft or Dawn Anderson in Property Services.