Resource Management

Bath & North East Somerset Council has a Zero Waste Strategy with ambitious targets for recycling and reducing waste

New Facebook page 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We produce printed and electronic publicity materials to support this work. In February 2013 we launched our recycling facebook page.

More efficient watering

Last summer a Goupil electric truck was purchased, which, apart from its obvious environmental benefits, is useful because it can be converted to water floral displays within the city centre areas. Areas only previously reached via long lengths of hosepipe, or at times when there were less public about, can now be accessed, allowing efficient watering during the day causing little disturbance to others.

Community events

We have organised community ‘Give and Take Days’ across Bath and North East Somerset, where residents donated items in good condition for re-use and took away items they wanted, all for free. We have also organised a furniture sale for residents, where they can buy items in good condition which have been put aside at our Recycling Centres.

Schools and universities

We provide waste and recycling collections for many schools in the authority, and provide support with a range of school activities. We received central government funding to run a Recycling Rewards for Schools project where pupils collect recycling pledges. These earn points which enable their schools to get prizes. We work closely with both universities promoting our services to students at key times of the year such as Fresher’s Fairs, and when students move out at the end of the year.

 

Working in Partnership to Keep Bath Clean

Bath and North East Somerset Council

For further information on the work the Council undertakes to keep the City clean, see their website:-
http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/streets-and-highway-maintenance/litter-street-care-and-cleaning

Bath Business Improvement Districts (BID)

A BID is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area.  Bath’s BID was established in April 2011 and over 620 business pay into the scheme.  Their priorities include improvements to cleansing and waste.

The scheme employs five rangers and now has its own vehicle with a water supply and pressure washer.  As well as daily maintenance, several areas of the City have been the subject of ‘deep cleans’.  There is further information here.
Bath BID  entered the SouthWest in Bloom competition in 2017 when it achieved Gold and again in 2018 when it achieved Gold and category winner, This year 2019 Bath BID is representing the SouthWest in the Nationa finals, we wish them well.

Volunteers

The Council and BID regularly work with volunteers from the World Heritage Volunteer Group, volunteers from businesses and Community Payback Teams on projects to protect and enhance our World Heritage City.

Numerous litter picks are organised by a variety of groups in and around Bath each year. Enterprising residents even held a sponsored litter pick on a section of the new ‘Two Tunnels’ Cycle Route. As well as collecting many bags of rubbish and improving the area, the funds raised were used to support a local under 12’s rugby team!

The Council is keen to support any group of people to improve the appearance of their community and may be able to provide the necessary equipment, such as gloves, tabards, and litter pickers as well as arrange for the litter collected to be taken away.

People can contact us with ideas and for more information at Council Connect: Email: councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk ; Phone 01225 39 40 41; Text SMS 0779 7806545.

Contact us! If you have a litter pick planned, do promote it on our site and/or let the Bath in Bloom Committee know!

 

Record of waste recycled, reused, recovered or composted

 

Waste & Recycling in Bath & North East Somerset
             
Kerbside Collections 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Aluminium Foil 6 6 0 0 0 0
Cans (Aluminium) 104 90 15 136 98 105
Cans (Steel) 461 475 464 411 510 592
Car Batteries 10 6 5 9 4 5
Cardboard (included with
  Garden waste up to Dec 09)
2416 2615 2607 2603 2974 3092
Clothing & Footwear 113 120 79 88 122 157
Engine Oil 5 4 1 4 3 2
Fridges & Freezers 14 14 19 20 26 16
Food Waste 3902 3800 3811 3904 4282 5461
Garden Waste & Cardboard
  (excludes garden waste from Dec 09 onwards)
6457 6337 7081 6880 7317 5785
Glass 4400 4455 4315 4459 4584 5275
Household Batteries 10 3 5 8 4 9
Leaf litter from street
  sweepings
0 0 0 0 0 0
Paper/Mixed paper 5158 4848 4336 4181 3922 3640
Plastic Bottles 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plastic (mixed) 1251 1269 1021 1258 1443 1703
Toner Cartridges 0 0 0 0 1 3
WEEE (SDA's) 6 39 46 41 28 55
Waste not sent to landfill 24,313 24,081 23,805 24,002 25,318 25900
- tonnes recycled 13,954 13,944 12,913 13,218 13,719 14654
- tonnes composted 10,359 10,137 10,892 10,784 11,599 11246
             
Bring Banks 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Books 0 5 10 9 6 10
Cans 0 0 0 0 0 0
Food & drink cartons 4 1 0 0 0 0
Glass 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paper 0 0 0 0 0 0
Textiles 0 9 20 39 29 34
ShoesTextiles     6 6 10 9
Waste not sent to landfill 4 15 36 54 45 53
- tonnes recycled 4 15 0 0 0 0
- tonnes reused 0 0 36 54 45 53
             
Recycling Centres 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Bicycles 3 4 4 5 5 0
Bric-a-brac 0 0.23 0 0 0 5
Books 19 28 90 76 73 37
Cans (Aluminium & Steel) 12 9 28 13 13 14
Car Batteries 19 22 31 38 35 29
Cardboard 688 646 591 635 650 640
Cardboard and paper (mixed) 0 0 0 2 0 0
Clothing & Footwear 187 193 217 250 273 280
Engine Oil 18 14 20 19 18 16
Fluorescent Tubes 3 3 3 3 4 3
Food & drink cartons 0.5 0 0 0 0 0
Food Waste 0 0 0 0 13 19
Fridges & Freezers 161 185 202 203 209 207
Furniture 2 9 16 17 16 2
Garden Waste 4666 4272 4380 4311 4579 5740
Gas bottles 5 6 8 10 20 11
Glass 196 183 180 188 210 230
Household Batteries 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Electrical items 633 648 608 679 703 667
Paint 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paper 366 316 292 306 309 347
Plasterboard/Gypsum based
  materials
294 286 329 350 340 332
Plastic Bottles 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plastic (mixed) 27 21 59 32 32 34
Rubble 5036 4976 4925 5094 4756 3962
Scrap Metal 1023 1000 1202 1351 1382 1371
TV's & Monitors (Cathode
  Ray Tubes)
329 276 276 204 182 151
Tyres 45 41 43 44 45 11
Vegetable Oil 5 4 5 4 5 5
Wood 3,171 3,282 3365 3613 3640 3418
WEEE Reuse     13 5 3 0
Waste not sent to landfill 16,908 16,424 16,887 17,452 17,515 17,531
- tonnes recycled 9,043 8,823 9,024 13,033 12,822 11,026
- tonnes composted 4,666 4,272 4,380 4,311 4,579 5,740
- tonnes reused 29 47 118 108 114 55
- tonnes used to recover
  energy
3,171 3,282 3,365 0 0 710
Percentage
  of waste at Recycling Centres not sent to landfill
73.6% 73.1% 73.1% 73.1% 75.1% 74.6%
             
Collected household waste sent for treatment 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Domestic waste collected from
  households
9,505 24,747 28,156 29,635 33,143 28,956
Other domestic waste 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waste from Recycling Centres 0 0 0 0 0 0
             
What happens to domestic waste we send for treatment? 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
             
Cans (Aluminium) 8 20 16 28 7 0
Cans (Steel) 204 517 599 567 331 144
Plastic (mixed) 127 5 0 0 0 0
Compost like material 1159 1772 2766 3069 1807 574
Air Pollution Control Residue
  (APCR)
0 0 0 0 144 276
Energy recovery 5,847 17,936 21,247 21,083 24,473 18,982
Landfilled 1,212 1,601 1,548 1,643 1,711 1,998
Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) 0 0 0 0 2,040 1,928
Tonnes lost during the
  treatment process
948 2,895 1,980 3,245 2,630 5,054
             
Summary - Waste not sent to landfill 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
- tonnes recycled 23,340 23,324 22,552 26,846 27,023 26,100
- tonnes composted 16,184 16,181 18,038 18,164 17,985 17,560
- tonnes reused 29 47 154 162 159 108
- tonnes used to recover
  energy
9,018 21,218 24,612 21,083 24,473 19,692
Total 48,570 60,770 65,356 66,255 69,640 63,460
Note 1: This
  includes the waste sent for treatment
           
             
Collected household waste landfilled 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Domestic waste collected from
  households
28,434 28,531 27,872 28,765 28,707 24,158
Other domestic waste 3,985 4,262 4,949 4,687 3,548 3,617
Waste from Recycling Centres 6,079 6,035 5,655 5,927 5,793 5,964
             
Total tonnes of local authority collected waste landfilled (this includes household
  and commercial waste)
34,160 19,242 15,681 14,611 10,860 10,892
Note: This figure includes waste landfilled indirectly by the
  Council e.g. Clinical waste, which is sent for treatment. The operator of this plant will then
  dispose of the waste, and the fee for processing is set accordingly
           
             
Household Waste Summary 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Total Household Waste
  Collected
74,129 74,264 73,963 75,662 77,927 75,203
Total Household Waste
  Recycled
17,986 18,022 17,259 21,470 23,958 24,029
Total Household Waste
  Composted
16,183 16,182 18,059 18,272 17,998 17,579
Total Household Waste
  Landfilled
30,017 15,518 11,917 10,736 7,506 7,741
             
Percentage of domestic waste
  sent for recycling or composting
46.09% 46.06% 47.75% 52.53% 53.84% 55.33%
Note
  1: The above household waste summary is based on the
  definitions used for Government indicators, and therefore exclude
  rubble. See links on right handside
  for further information on these definitions.
           
             
National Indicators 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
191 -
  Residual household waste per household (in kilogrammes)
517.19 518.16 494.42 454.38 449.34 416.21
192 -
  Percentage of household waste sent for reuse, recycling & composting
46% 46% 48% 53% 54% 56%
193 -
  Percentage of municipal waste landfilled *
40.4% 22.6% 18.3% 16.4% 12.0% 13.0%
* Note:
  this includes all household and commercial waste sent to landfill
           
             
Costs 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Landfill tax (charged per
  tonne)
£ 64.00 £ 72.00 £ 80.00 £ 82.60 £ 84.40 £ 86.10
Actual cost of landfill tax
  *1
£ 2,113,567 £ 1,237,875 £ 1,150,672 £ 1,013,730 £ 773,495 £ 760,804
Average
  cost per tonne of waste sent to landfill (actual gate fee costs only,
  excludes tax, transport and other associated costs)
£14.91 £15.67 £15.93 £16.95 £16.93 £16.87
Actual direct cost of landfilling our waste *2 £ 
  490,166
£ 
  275,575
£ 
  224,431
£ 
  206,794
£ 
  154,188
£ 
  149,227
*1
  & 2 Note: these costs only cover the landfill tax and disposal charges
  for the waste the Council has directly taken to landfill under its disposal
  contracts.
           
             
Other useful information 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Tonnes of commercial waste
  collected
5035 5475 6287 7306 7083 6956
Percentage of commercial
  waste recycled
19.11% 30.13% 42.03% 42.90% 41.03% 42.06%
Tonnes of street sweepings
  recycled
0 0 0 0 2089 2272
Tonnes of Fly tipped wastes
  collected
48 58 89 152 183 209
Number of reported fly tips            
Home Composting (Number of
  bins sold)
310 329 178 180 125 201
Number of abandoned vehicles
  scrapped
           
Percentage of missed refuse
  bins collected within 24hrs
Data no longer available Data no longer available Data no longer available Data no longer available Data no longer available Data no longer available
             
Initiatives 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
             
Recycling performance 46.17% 46.00% 48.00% 53.00% 54.00% 56.00%
Tonnes waste collected for
  disposal
30,017 15,518 11,917 10,736 7,506 7,741
Growth in total household
  waste
#REF! 0.2% -0.4% 2.3% 3.0% -3.5%
Growth in household waste to
  landfill
#REF! -48.3% -23.2% -9.9% -30.1% 3.1%
Changes to
  refuse collection services
          New service
  change from November 2018.
Kerbside
  box recycling
          Recycling
  service brought in-house Sept 2017. New service change from November 2018.
Kerbside
  organics collection
           
Other
  collection initiatives/changes
        Introduction
  of EfW facility for kerbside black bag waste = less being sent to MBT as a
  result.
    Introduction of the recycling of street sweepings after successful
  trial.
    
Tyres
  sent for use in landfill engineering works.
    Wood sent for recycling and biomass.
Major
  Recycling Centre developments
           
Bring site
  changes
           
Major Waste Campaigns activity
    (over and above annual leaflets and advertising)
        Communications
  to residents for service change to every other week rubbish collections
Education
  and enforcement street work relating to change to every other week rubbish
  collections
Reuse
  initiatives
    Furniture
  sales
Furniture
  sales
Supporting
  set up of the first Repair Cafes in Bath
Support
  of Refill Bath water campaign. Offer of re-usable nappy starter packs.
Composting
  initiatives
        Offer
  on compost bins & water butts
 

 

Collections

We offer approximately 73,000 households weekly kerbside sort collections on the same day of each week:

  • Green Bin for garden wase collected every 2 weeks. charged at £45 P/A
  • Black Bin for unrecyclable waste collected every 2 weeks.
  • Food waste recycling from lockable containers collected every week.
  • Blue bag for cardboard collected every week.
  • Green box for glass and recyclable plastic collected every week.

 We collect Christmas trees for free in January for composting. Around 3,000 households, living in flats, recycle by using a communal wheeled bin collection (Mini Recycling Centre).

On street recycling

We are continuing to increase the number of recycling bins on streets in Bath so that residents and visitors can recycle when away from home.

Commercial collections

We have revised and expanded our collection services to businesses this year, to offer a quality and competitive service.

Three Recycling Centres

Residents can take their unwanted items to our Recycling Centres. In 2017-18 an average of nearly 74% of waste brought to these Recycling Centres was recycled. They can recycle over 35 different materials at these sites.

Practical advice

We offer bargain price compost bins and water butts to residents, to help them live more sustainably and offer talks/demonstrations on home composting and recycling to community groups and schools. We provide free compost bins to schools and community groups where possible. In 2018 we organised or attended 55 community road shows, spoke to 3,800 residents at these events and door knocked over 10,000 households.

Recycling Roadshows in the community

We have a dedicated promotional van and a Waste Campaigns team who actively engage with residents on a one-to-one basis. We offer advice on home composting, recycling, reducing waste and promoting new services or specific campaigns. We also door knock targeted areas to offer support to residents. Recycling Roadshow

New facebook page

We produce printed and electronic publicity materials to support this work. In February 2013 we launched our recycling facebook page.

More efficient watering

Last summer a Goupil electric truck was purchased, which, apart from its obvious environmental benefits, is useful because it can be converted to water floral displays within the city centre areas. Areas only previously reached via long lengths of hosepipe, or at times when there were less public about, can now be accessed, allowing efficient watering during the day causing little disturbance to others.

Community events

We have organised community ‘Give and Take Days’ across Bath and North East Somerset, where residents donated items in good condition for re-use and took away items they wanted, all for free. We have also organised a furniture sale for residents, where they can buy items in good condition which have been put aside at our Recycling Centres.

Schools and universities

We provide waste and recycling collections for many schools in the authority, and provide support with a range of school activities. We received central government funding to run a Recycling Rewards for Schools project in 2013 where pupils collect recycling pledges. These earn points which enable their schools to get prizes. We work closely with both universities promoting our services to students at key times of the year such as Fresher’s Fairs, and when students move out at the end of the year.

 

Working in Partnership to Keep Bath Clean

Bath and North East Somerset Council

For further information on the work the Council undertakes to keep the City clean, see their website:-
http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/streets-and-highway-maintenance/litter-street-care-and-cleaning

Bath Business Improvement Districts (BID)

A BID is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area.  Bath’s BID was established in April 2011 and over 620 business pay into the scheme.  Their priorities include improvements to cleansing and waste.

The scheme employs five rangers and now has its own vehicle with a water supply and pressure washer.  As well as daily maintenance, several areas of the City have been the subject of ‘deep cleans’.  There is further information here.

Volunteers

The Council and BID regularly work with volunteers from the World Heritage Volunteer Group, volunteers from businesses and Community Payback Teams on projects to protect and enhance our World Heritage City.

Numerous litter picks are organised by a variety of groups in and around Bath each year. Enterprising residents even held a sponsored litter pick on a section of the new ‘Two Tunnels’ Cycle Route. As well as collecting many bags of rubbish and improving the area, the funds raised were used to support a local under 12’s rugby team!

The Council is keen to support any group of people to improve the appearance of their community and may be able to provide the necessary equipment, such as gloves, tabards, and litter pickers as well as arrange for the litter collected to be taken away.

People can contact us with ideas and for more information at Council Connect: Email: councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk ; Phone 01225 39 40 41; Text SMS 0779 7806545.

Contact us! If you have a litter pick planned, do promote it on our site and/or let the Bath in Bloom Committee know!