A new service which could save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds on burying commercial waste in the ground came one step closer last week.
Currently the 1,500 tonnes of rubbish generated per year by around 600 small and medium sized business in the district is taken to landfill sites by South Northants Council.
That service produces an income of £380,000 for the council, but it then has to pay up to £150,000 a year in landfill tax and other costs to dispose of it.
Last week the council’s cabinet approved recommendations to develop a trade waste recycling service which could be up and running by next year.
Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s councillor for the environment, said the council had no obligation to provide a trade recycling service but described it as a ‘win-win situation’, where businesses receive a more cost-effective service while the money saved could be spent on other services. He added: “One of the biggest criticisms I have heard from members of the public is ‘Why do I separate out my bits and pieces and yet you go to the back of pub to see food waste and glass bottles all thrown into one big container?’”
Sending waste to landfill costs SNC almost £100 per tonne and landfill tax is set to increase costs by at least £8 per tonne each year.
The council will carry out an in-depth study into the proposals, and if it can provide a competitive service, it will be put before the full council for a final decision at a later date.