In previous years, residents of Stroud District will have received recycling calendars annually. The cost of providing these calendars totalled approximately £15,000 to £20,000 – this equated to £4,000 to produce the calendars and £10,000 to £15,000 to have them delivered. An operational decision in 2017 was made to stop providing calendars.
The council’s new waste services have, since November 2016 bedded in well and has encouraged residents to follow an easy process to ensure the correct containers are placed out for collection each week. After 15 months of the new service, it is believed residents firmly understand what to do; this is supported by the fact that the council has not experienced any significant collection issues.
To help residents that may wish to be reminded of which containers to place out for collection, the council has provided electronic calendars on its website through the ‘My House’ function. It is recognised that there are some residents who will not have access to the internet from their own home. Should the parish council or Members not be able to help, please by all means direct the residents to the district council and we will send them a paper copy. It must be noted that in accommodating individual requests, it is important to use the individual’s address in order to ensure that they receive the correct calendar.
Stroud is among the last authorities in Gloucestershire to take this approach, which appears to work well.