Case Studies > Household Recycling Collection - Cotswold District Council
Cotswold District Council covers an area of approximately 450 square miles, including 125 parishes and nearly 200 settlements. Within the district there are currently 41,130 domestic properties, with plans to increase this to 45,500 over the next ten years.
Ubico took on the waste collections for Cotswold District Council in August 2012 and has continued to collect the waste in the same format as the previous contractor, with no changes to collection days or policy. In October 2012 the council introduced a mixed plastic recycling service, supported by Ubico. The service has been a huge success with 607 tonnes collected in the first month (compared to 480 tonnes previously). The introduction of this service, supported by Ubico has taken the overall recycling rate for the Cotswolds up to 63%.
Each household receives a recycling collection alongside their residual waste on a fortnightly basis. As with the other services, collection rounds are split into ten 'zones' arranged geographically to keep fuel costs down and for ease of supervision and contingency planning. The recycling is collected from 45 litre plastic boxes and re-useable bags and is separated at kerbside. Approximately 400 properties benefit from an enhanced 'assisted collection' scheme.
Our recycling collection crews and vehicles are currently based on the outskirts of Cricklade near to Swindon with easy access to the A417, A419 and A429. We are fortunate to be able to tip the recycling onsite.
Most of our operatives live within the district 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. They are also trained to assist with our organic and residual waste collections, which allows us greater flexibility to accommodate the seasonal peaks and troughs in the volume of waste presented.
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.