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Councillors to rethink plans for separate food waste collection

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Ballymoney councillors are ‘rethinking’ plans to provide a separate, weekly, kerbside food waste collection service to all households in the Borough.

During a recent Environmental Services Committee meeting, members heard that, despite financial support, the scheme could still cost Council over £124,000 as well as them being ‘liable for all revenue costs associated with the proposed enhancement of Council recycling services’.

The report explained: ‘An application was made to the Rethink Waste Capital Fund on 12th May 2014 seeking financial support to provide a separate, weekly, kerbside food waste collection service to all households in the Borough.

‘The funding programme is administered by Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

‘WRAP has now issued an update on the progress of the funding application. WRAP state that the capital fund budget for 2014/2015 is fully committed. The application has been added to a reserve list in the event that further funds become available in September/October 2014.

‘The project has been approved for funding up to £268,342. The application sought capital funding of £392,480, thereby leaving a shortfall of £124,138 which Council would therefore have to find from its own resources. In addition to the capital shortfall of £124,138, Council is liable for all revenue costs associated with the proposed enhancement of Council recycling services.

‘Annual revenue costs are estimated to be c. £320,000 and include vehicle running costs, staffing, supply of caddy liners and project publicity material.

‘Should funding become available, Council is required to spend same by 31st March 2015 and such condition renders the successful implementation of this proposed scheme high risk.’

It was agreed that Council note this information.

 
 
 

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