£500k for East Lancs councils from recycling

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EAST Lancashire councils received almost £500,000 by selling materials it had collected for recycling last year, it can be revealed.

Hyndburn, Rossendale, and Ribble Valley Councils collected a combined total of £481,078 in 2013, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.

The money was used to off-set the cost of collection, documents show.

Over the last five years, Hyndburn Council has sold more than £1.12m worth of material.

Deputy council leader Joan Smith said: “There’s a couple of reasons why it’s important. We are set targets for how much of our waste we should try and recycle. We are one of the best in the country, never mind Lancashire.

“By recycling and selling on, we are actively contributing to the income of the council, and keep our costs down.

“We have good officers who have always been proactive, and the more income we get, the better service we can provide in other areas.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council said it does ‘not sell recyclables, nor have we ever done so,’ while Burnley Council said it had an agreement with the county council and did not sell any recyclables itself.

Streetscene support officer at Burnley Council, Maria Williams, said: “We have not had any direct income from the sale of recycling materials to the markets since 2012.

“As the waste disposal authority, the county council has the exclusivity to sell the recyclables, which offsets some of the costs of collecting the materials.”

Head of finance and property services at Rossendale Council, Phil Seddon, said: “Given the current financial austerity within the public sector, which has seen five years of year on year reductions in the funding this council receives from central government, it is important that the council takes every opportunity it can to maximise other revenue streams available to it.

“Any additional revenue, such as recycling income, ensures that the council is able to continue to deliver first class services to the people of Rossendale and to maintain a freeze on council tax.”

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12:15pm Sat 21 Jun 14

child44 says...

Why does BwDBC not sell recyclable material that they collect? What do they do, give it away?
Why does BwDBC not sell recyclable material that they collect? What do they do, give it away? child44
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1:21pm Sat 21 Jun 14

GAC says...

child44 wrote:
Why does BwDBC not sell recyclable material that they collect? What do they do, give it away?
sounds like they should give their chief exec away if they cant work out selling recycled waste is a good thing to do.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Why does BwDBC not sell recyclable material that they collect? What do they do, give it away?[/p][/quote]sounds like they should give their chief exec away if they cant work out selling recycled waste is a good thing to do. GAC
  • Score: 5

2:08pm Sat 21 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

What about Pendle council? How much did they make?
What about Pendle council? How much did they make? glossopkid
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5:01pm Sat 21 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

Bwd won't let the public take anything from there recyclyling centres as it's all sold off ,, capitas on its way out from blackburn and that's official As they put profits ist before the intrest of the public "....
Bwd won't let the public take anything from there recyclyling centres as it's all sold off ,, capitas on its way out from blackburn and that's official As they put profits ist before the intrest of the public ".... phil kernot
  • Score: 5

6:37pm Sat 21 Jun 14

woolywords says...

phil kernot wrote:
Bwd won't let the public take anything from there recyclyling centres as it's all sold off ,, capitas on its way out from blackburn and that's official As they put profits ist before the intrest of the public "....
I heard that too.
Their not getting enough of a return on their investment in Blackburn.
...
Time to take to the lifeboats, or what?
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Bwd won't let the public take anything from there recyclyling centres as it's all sold off ,, capitas on its way out from blackburn and that's official As they put profits ist before the intrest of the public "....[/p][/quote]I heard that too. Their not getting enough of a return on their investment in Blackburn. ... Time to take to the lifeboats, or what? woolywords
  • Score: 3

11:46am Mon 23 Jun 14

Rumpole says...

phil kernot wrote:
Bwd won't let the public take anything from there recyclyling centres as it's all sold off ,, capitas on its way out from blackburn and that's official As they put profits ist before the intrest of the public "....
If Capita is on its way out of Blackburn, someone should do a full audit of their Council Tax department for fraud via multiple accounts and abuse of the legal process!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Bwd won't let the public take anything from there recyclyling centres as it's all sold off ,, capitas on its way out from blackburn and that's official As they put profits ist before the intrest of the public "....[/p][/quote]If Capita is on its way out of Blackburn, someone should do a full audit of their Council Tax department for fraud via multiple accounts and abuse of the legal process!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! Rumpole
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