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Case Studies > Food Waste Collection - Cheltenham Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council is a mainly urban authority covering an area of approximately 18 square miles . Within the borough there are currently 54,915 domestic properties with plans to increase this significantly over the next 17 years to satisfy demand .

Ubico took on the waste collections for Cheltenham Borough Council in April 2012 and has continued to collect the waste in the same format as the council, with no changes to collection days or policy.

The council offers a weekly food waste service across the borough. Each household is provided with a seven litre food caddy for indoor use and a 23 litre outdoor caddy to present the waste in.

To keep collection costs down, we have food pods fitted to several of our recycling and refuse vehicles. This allows us to collect the food waste at the same time as the other waste streams, saving time and fuel. We currently employ a team of three full time staff on the food waste team. The rest of the collections are carried out by the recycling and residual waste crews.

Our fleet is currently made up of four 23 tonne recycling kerbsiders fitted with food pods, four 26 tonne RCV's with food pods and one 7.5 tonne vehicle that is utilised in the hard to reach areas. Our collection crews and vehicles are based at Our Swindon Road depot in Cheltenham with easy access to Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cirencester and the Forest of Dean.  This base is also conveniently located near to the food waste disposal facility at Stoke Orchard, Cheltenham.

Most of our operatives live within the borough and have an outstanding knowledge of the local area. All staff members are fully trained and competent in manual handling and bin lift operation and work in accordance to industry approved risk assessments and safe systems of working.

To ensure the safety of not only our employees, but also members of the public, our supervisors carry out regular, un-announced quality checks to ensure that our teams are working safely and returning waste receptacles neatly, as we expect them to at all times.