Food-waste collections are on the cards

RESIDENTS in Hucknall and the rest of Ashfield are a step closer to having weekly food-bin collections after councillors agreed to apply for government funding.

At a meeting of Ashfield District Council’s Cabinet, it was agreed to apply for cash so the authority can run a pilot weekly food-waste collection for householders.

The trial period would run for six months and the results would be brought back to Cabinet before a decision is made on whether the scheme could be continued and whether it has been backed by residents.

At the meeting Coun Warren Nuttall (Lab) said: “I think we are the first council in Nottinghamshire to try this scheme.

“If this is successful across Ashfield, other areas will follow suit.”

The proposals were also praised by the council’s leader, Coun John Knight (Lab).

He said: “Most people would support the fact that we are trying to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”

Earlier this year, the government announced it was making £250 million available for councils which wanted to keep or bring back weekly bin collections.

The council entered its first bid in May and will make a further bid next month. The authority will find out if it has been successful in October.

If the bid is rubberstamped, the council must commit to the scheme for at least five years.

The funding received would be used to replace the council’s existing fleet of waste-collection lorries and replace them with split body vehicles which means food waste could be collected alongside recycling and landfill waste.

Council chiefs say the scheme, if approved, could be rolled out from April next year.