In less than 3 weeks time the Island’s new 25-year waste management contract will begin, bringing an end to Island Waste’s 18-year stint on the Isle of Wight and some exciting new changes – but there is no need to worry.
From 1st November the Isle of Wight Council will enter into a £225 million 25-year private finance initiative (PFI) style agreement with Amey for the waste collection, treatment and disposal of the Island’s waste to replace its original PFI deal with Biffa, which began in 1997.
The contract will deliver savings on the current cost of the waste collection service, increase the amount of recycling undertaken on the Isle of Wight and also reduce how much waste households on the Island send for landfill.
There’s no need to worry though as the message is clear – there will be no immediate changes affecting Island residents. Over the next 12 months a series of new improvements will be introduced to help achieve the primary goal of reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill with a 90% diversion rate from landfill and 55% of contract waste recycled.
What to expect:[alert-success]Alternate weekly collections to continue as per current arrangements
New 149 litre black wheelie bins for each household for black bags (delivered in Spring 2016)
Gull-proof sacks for black bags for households not suitable for a wheelie bin (delivered in Spring 2016)
Plastic inserts to be introduced for green recycling wheelie bins for paper and card to assist in recycling rates
New, modern vehicles to be introduced in Spring 2016 with technology to assist with round information – data linked to the Isle of Wight Council contact centre.
A £25 charge for the collection of furniture and larger domestic appliances (up to 4 items) with a working partnership in place with Storeroom2010 for recycling
Free Christmas tree recycling service at the kerbside between 7th January – 4th February 2016, booked three days in advance – replacing the annual skips in local car parks (bookable from 4th January 2016)
A total of 20 new apprentices to be taken on, 4 in the first year
Afton Marsh to open 3 days a week instead of the existing 2
Green waste sacks to still be collected from libraries and other outlets, collection arranged three days in advance and collected on a separate, dedicated vehicle
Introduction of a rotational, scheduled mobile service for rural locations and those without cars
Employee community involvement days, similar to Island Roads
Waste awareness and education programme via a new mobile education centre in partnership with The Footprint Trust, as well as a Community Waste Forum
Free permitting scheme for commercial vehicles (vans, LGVs, pick-ups and commercial trailers) to deposit their household waste
Sites and existing vehicles to be rebranded with the Isle of Wight Council and Amey logo[/alert-success]
In addition, some £500,000 is set to be spent on improving Lynnbottom Civic Amenity Site at Downend with the number of waste recycling bays being increased from 11 to 17 and the introduction of a small scale commercial waste recycling area. A series of traffic management and safety improvements will also be made, as well as re-branded signage. The site will remain open 7 days a week.
At Afton Marsh, the vehicle circulation will be rearranged with hard surface improvements and extended opening to three days a week to include Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as well as re-branded signage and rearranging of mobile waste container positions.
On 1st November, the household waste recycling centre at Forest Road, Newport will close to the public ahead of a major redevelopment of the site. Amey consider the Forest Park site no longer fit for purpose as a safe, modern centre. As a result, planning permission and an Environmental Permit will be sought to renovate the site, building a new, up-to-date mechanical treatment plant as well as refurbishing the existing advanced thermal treatment plant.
Planning is expected to be sought this Autumn, with construction set to begin in Summer 2016 and full operations beginning in Summer 2018.
No new waste sites will be introduced on the Island.
Resource and Waste Management experts from leading UK law firm Burges Salmon have advised the Isle of Wight Council on the new integrated waste management contract.
“This marks the culmination of several years’ hard work by the Council and successful bidder Amey. The new collection services that begin from 1 November 2015 will see the start of a long term relationship between the Council, Amey and the Islanders that will I’m sure create a lasting legacy for the Island.”
Isle of Wight Council Executive member for sustainability and organisational change, Councillor Luisa Hillard, said:
“With complex contracts like this it was important that we had trustworthy legal advice and guidance throughout the negotiations.
“As the Executive member responsible for the waste contract I am mindful that this will be one of my legacies to the Island. I am therefore grateful that the officers and professional advisors who have carried out the work on this have demonstrated vision and an appreciation of sustainability, which reassures me that this contract will remain fit-for-purpose for the full term of 25 years”.