Dumfries and Galloway Council will spend over £4million on waste collection in the next financial year as an increase in the number of households taking part and delays in collecting recyclables has put pressure on the budget.
At the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee meeting in Dumfries, council officers stated that the household waste collection service added to the household recycling collection service would cost £4,181,054 in 2015/2016.
Council officers said costs deviated from year to year because of an increase in the number of households leading to pressure on the collection service and the service was also vulnerable to variations in fuel prices because they form a large part of the overall cost of the service. They also had to take account of delays, conditions on the roads network and at waste recovery sites that could impact on operational efficiency and costs.
The council also had a duty to the taxpayer to ensure full cost recovery for commercial mixed waste collections, commercial dry recyclates collections and commercial food waste collections undertaken in conjunction with household collection services and to be aware of changes in the commercial waste collection delivery that may alter the budget requirements.
The introduction of separate collections for food waste and dry recyclates was introduced in Wigtownshire in 2014 but has still to be introduced in the Stewartry.
Statistics show that the council are aiming to meet the following targets: Net cost of waste collection per household to be £56 and the number of confirmed service failures concerning the collection service to be around 70. Ninety-five per cent of bulky / white goods to be lifted with in five working days and the local authority are aiming for a 90 per cent customer satisfaction percentage score for each area.
The targets set for participation rate of household food recycling is set at 65 per cent and the uplift of dry recyclates target is 75 per cent. The average household will have 1.7kg of food waste lifted weekly.
Figures released in May showed that food waste collection in rural areas was running at 90 per cent and dry recyclates at 70 per cent.