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Case Studies > Organic Waste 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.

The council offers every household a weekly food waste collection whereby residents can present cooked and raw food waste in a 10 litre food caddy. There is also the option to pay for a weekly garden waste collection. The waste is presented in either a 240 litre wheeled bin, or in paper compostable sacks dependant on level of use, access and storage restrictions. In 2013/14 some 19,500 households signed up for the chargeable garden waste service. As with the residual waste collections, 400 properties benefit from on the enhanced 'assisted collection' scheme.

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.

As with the residual waste collection service that we provide, collection rounds are split into 'zones' which are arranged geographically to keep fuel costs down and for ease of supervision and contingency planning. The only difference being that all garden and food waste collections take place on a weekly basis. To keep things simple for the resident, the garden waste is collected on the same day of the week as the waste and recycling collections.

Our collection crews and vehicles are currently based in South Cerney on the outskirts of Cirencester with easy access to the A417, A419 and A429. This base is also conveniently located near to the waste transfer facility in Cirencester and is well located for the heavier collection rounds in the South of the district.

We currently employ a team of 14 full time staff on the organic waste team, plus a small team of seasonal staff in the summer months. 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 residual and recycling collections, which allows us greater flexibility in 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.

Our fleet is currently made up of six 26 tonne RCV's/Rotopresses and two smaller, narrow access vehicles for the hard to reach areas. This fleet allows us some spare capacity for cross service vehicle sharing in the event of mechanical failure and routine vehicle maintenance.