Waste and Recycling Collection Consultation
Milton Keynes aspires to be one of the greenest cities. To achieve this aim, we need to increase recycling levels and improve the quality of recycling we collect. We are consulting with residents and other stakeholders on the waste collection system from 2023, with a focus on ensuring that we have the right approach for Milton Keynes to improve waste collection.
This consultation provides the opportunity for residents and stakeholders to share views on the proposed waste collection service to be implemented from April 2023. Its purpose is to inform how we intend to deliver the waste collection service and increase recycling rates. MKC is committed to a weekly collection service for waste that cannot be recycled. It continues to be one of the top recyclers in the UK.
Our ambition to become a greener city and improve waste collection services means there is a need to review how waste is collected. Currently about 20% of the recycling we receive contains the wrong items. We will focus on improving the waste collection system, keeping our streets cleaner by reducing the amount of rubbish spillage from sacks, increasing recycling rates with residents by making it easier to separate out recycling materials and reducing the number of injuries residents and staff experience by moving waste in sacks.
Our four priorities are:
1. Cleaner streets by reducing sack spillage
2. Greener by increasing recycling
3. Safer by reducing injuries to residents, staff and wildlife from sacks
4. Quality by improving recycling through separation
Evidence shows that using wheeled bins leads to cleaner streets. Current arrangements mean that sacks left on the street can burst or be ripped open by animals.