Six days left to have your say - how would you like your waste and recycling to be collected?

Published on 8th November 2016

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More than 1,800 residents have contributed to Cheltenham Borough Council’s survey which asks people to choose their preferred option for waste and recycling collections.

Don’t worry if you haven’t taken part yet – there are still six days left to have your say.

The consultation can be found here and will close on 14 November.

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said:  ‘’We have had a tremendous response to the consultation so far. Interest has come from all areas across the borough which is really good to see.  There is still time to take part in the survey if you haven’t yet.’’

Following information gathered from an earlier resident survey, three options for the valued service area are now being presented to residents and all will include the opportunity to recycle more materials from the kerbside.  Residents are urged to have their say before the new service launches next year.

Option A:  No change to the way your waste and recycling is collected

Your green wheeled bin (refuse) and green recycling boxes will continue to be collected every other week and the boxes/bins you currently use will stay the same. You will simply benefit from being able to recycle more items from outside your own home. This type of collection service helps ensure that the quality of recyclables collected remains high.

Predicted increase in recycling: 2%
Lowest predicted extra cost: £146,000 per year

Option B – Waste is collected every three weeks, with recycling collected weekly

Your bins/boxes will stay the same, but your recycling will be increased to a weekly collection. To pay for this, your green wheeled bin (refuse) collection will be reduced to every 3 weeks. It may be that a more frequent recycling collection will mean that you will use your green wheeled (refuse) bin less.

Predicted increase in recycling: 7%
Lowest predicted extra cost:  No extra cost, a saving of £8,400 per year

Option C – An additional wheeled bin to collect your recycle

Your green wheeled bin and recycling will still be collected every other week but you will have a wheeled bin to collect your recycling. You will also still have a separate recycling box so that we can collect your glass separately.

Note: The cost of providing extra wheelie bins (£1million) makes this the most expensive option, so this service can only be paid for if we cut services or raise more money elsewhere. If we cannot find these savings, then we cannot support this option even if it is the most popular

Predicted increase in recycling: 3%
Lowest predicted extra cost: £267,400 per year

So that residents feel that they can make an informed choice, the predicted recycling rates and cost implications of each option are presented within the consultation.

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment added:

“Our recycling vehicles are old and need replacing next year so it is the perfect time for us all to think about how our waste and recycling will be collected in the future – I would like you to have a say in what we do.  At the moment the good news is that nearly 50% of all waste collected in Cheltenham is recycled which is great. The new up to date vehicles will have more space so we can collect more recycling including extra items like plastic pots, tubs and trays, more cardboard and possibly textiles, batteries or small electrical items. 

“The bad news is that over half the rubbish produced by households locally still ends up in landfill – a hole in the ground.

“For a number of years central government has cut the amount of money it gives to Cheltenham Borough Council to provide all of its services and this directly affects you.  We have some difficult decisions to make and they will not be popular with everyone, which is why we want to know what you think we should do differently with the waste and recycling service we provide going forward.  Please take part in the survey so that we know how to shape our services.”

The consultation is available on the council’s website ( and hardcopies are available at the main council receptions, Cheltenham Borough Homes receptions, local community resource centres, the main Cheltenham library and Shopmobility (as listed below).



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Up to and including 14 November, the survey is available at the following locations around the town:

Main reception, Municipal Offices

Cash hall, Municipal Offices

Built environment reception, Municipal Offices

Cemetery and crematorium, Bouncers Lane

Central depot, Swindon Lane

Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square


Leisure at Cheltenham, Tommy Taylor’s Lane,

The Wilson, Clarence Street


Shopmobility, 30 St George’s Place

Cheltenham First Stop, 301-305 High Street


Cheltenham Library, Clarence Street


Hesters Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham, GL51 7SU

Springbank Community Resource Centre, Springbank Way, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 0LG

Oakley Community Resource Centre, Clyde Crescent, Whaddon, Cheltenham, GL52 5QJ

St Paul’s Community Hub, St Paul's Walk, Cheltenham, GL50 4GG

Cheltenham West End Community Resource Centre, Grove Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3LZ