On 3 January 2017 our Executive approved a budget of 205,540 pounds for delivery of the one-off revenue costs for the Recycle More project.  The budgeted cost breakdown is shown below:

 

Description

Budgeted Cost (pounds)

Kerbside and kitchen caddies

90,800

Delivery of caddies

26,930

Recycling sacks

10,500

Stickers for bins

1,600

In-cab terminals (spares)

3,900

Communications

45,000

Contingency (15 percent of above)

26,810

Budget Requirement

205,540

 

 The consultants used in respect of the recycling changes are Eunomia and the cost which has been incurred on the project over the last 18 months is £63,268.

 

Savings made by the service changes

The council’s budget is primarily made up of a government grant and council tax contributions. Since 2010, the grant we receive from the government has been cut by around 40 percent and will be cut all together by 2020. As a result of these funding changes we have had to take a careful look at our services and work out where we can make savings in order to protect our key frontline services.

 

Garden waste removal is a discretionary rather than statutory duty, meaning it is a service we are not legally required to provide. It is also a service that only around a third of homes were previously using on a regular basis, which was an inefficient use of our vehicles and crews. By applying a small annual charge we can afford to continue providing the service, and only those who wish to use the service will need to pay for it.

 

The obvious benefit to recycling more is that it means less waste going to landfill, benefitting our environment. There is also a financial benefit to the council from this reduction to landfill, with a savings share agreement we (the collecting authority) have signed up to with Devon County Council (the disposal authority). In addition, the material collected is processed at our recycling plant at Brynsworthy and sold to a variety of sources, clawing back around £500,000 a year towards funding the service. 

 

 How the savings will be used

The net savings from the service changes factored into our financial plans are 340,000 pounds per year.

 

The revenue savings generated from the service changes will go some way to plugging the forecast gap in our budget. This means that our frontline services can be protected, and the burden on the tax payer is minimal. Without making these service changes we would have no choice but to make savings in a different way, either by making cutbacks to key frontline services, or increasing council tax further.