If you want CBC to collect your garden waste as part of your normal waste collection then you have to apply for the service
before 1st August 2012. This does apply to areas that have been participating in the pilot scheme.
At the last residents' meeting regarding future
waste food collection in
Christchurch we were told by the CBC officer and the Portfolio
Councillor for refuse/recycling that food would be subject to the
process of anaerobic digestion. They were not able to explain the
process to us but one of our residents has sent us this link to a very
Thanks to Malcolm Green
The Proposed Waste
Incineration Plant at Hurn
Waste Management – Update March 2011
Although we were successful in stopping the building of the white elephant waste
plant at Hurn we continue to monitor what is happening.
Somerset is working on getting to 60% recycling by Spring 2012. DCC follows much
of what Somerset does and has set this as a target but for some years
away. Regular readers will recall that 60% is what we said was possible
but we were told repeatedly by DCC planners that it was impossible.
Dorset currently achieves about 48% recycling and is behind the game.
Waste to Landfill
89,000 tonnes of Dorset household waste was landfilled in 2010, a further
steady reduction over previous years. Even if it had all been processed
it would have been only half the capacity of one waste plant! (There
was a time when DCC planners were claiming that we would need three
such plants as the volume of waste to landfill grew ever larger)
Dorset Waste Partnership
The new Dorset Waste Partnership is to merge all Dorset County and District
waste operations to force out cost savings.
Steve Burdis, the DCC Officer who fought us tooth and nail over the planned waste plant,
has just been appointed as Director on almost
£70,000 a year salary.
DCC papers show that a new contract for waste
processing will start in September 2011 for 6 years. We are assuming that this is the Dorset
Waste Partnership contracting separately with New Earth Solutions
(rather than piggy-backing on the existing New Earth contract with
Bournemouth Council). The New Earth web sites shows then
opening and getting agreement for many more waste plants across the
country. They seem now to be processing waste and using the gases to
generate electricity and starting to use the gasification process.
We joined forces with representatives of West Parley and
Hurn in the summer of 2006 and became involved in the fight to prevent
DCC building a waste plant adjacent to the school for autistic children at
Bournemouth Airport. It quickly became apparent to us that something
very strange was going on in the Dorchester Duma. A desire to enter the
waste management business was so strong that rational analysis had been
replaced by slanted reasoning.
This state of affairs was best illustrated by the strange assumptions
that were being made about the future size of Dorset’s population, the
future recycling rate of domestic waste and the capacity of local tax payers
to afford what was being suggested whilst maintaining other council services. An
irresponsible attitude was taken to the risks that tax payers would be asked to bear.
Technical developments in waste processing were emerging
that made it most unwise for the council to invest in plant at this
time. Virtually from the start of our involvement (the folks in Parley and Ferndown had
been battling with this since 2004) we put it to council officers that they
would be best advised to enter into partnerships with the private sector (such
as for example the plant at Canford Magna that Bournemouth was very quick to
latch onto). We urged them to let entrepreneurs take the risks associated
with investing in a highly technical, capital intensive field whilst the
council concentrated upon increasing the recycling rate of domestic waste.
Unfortunately the ineffectual control exercised by certain
Dorset Councillors when combined with the hubris of some of the
officers meant that only lip service was paid to what we said. Officers pressed on
regardless in their pursuit of a waste plant they could call their own. They hired
consultants, entered into legal negotiation to purchase land at Hurn and launched a
huge public consultation exercise. They produced a strategy document that
amazingly failed to properly address the issue of costs. We have asked but have
never really been able to establish exactly how much they spent on all of
this but estimates suggest a figure of around £1.6 million of our money since
2006 and significantly more than that (including the cost of a public enquiry in
2005) if one goes back to the very start.
As the economic situation
turned against them, we suggested
that they would struggle to fund their plans. In addition we reiterated
that the cost of finance would be too
onerous for taxpayers all to bear. Much has been made of their eventual
withdrawal from a PFI bid in excess of £81 million. What
is less spoken of is the fact that had they been successful in that bid there would still
have been a huge funding shortfall as against their full plans. They never did
tell us quite how they would have made up the deficit.
In the end economic reality won the day and in December 2009
their unrealistic plans were scrapped. In making the announcement they
said nothing about money but instead concentrated upon recycling rates. By
doing that they admitted that we had been correct all along and that had they
listened to us we tax payers would have been significantly better off.
In the private sector the people associated with this debacle would now be
held to account. We shall not hold our breath hoping for a similar outcome in