Commercial Waste


Reference Number: 6056
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please tell me for the financial year 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 the total income from the charges imposed at Northumberland Waste Management Centres.

I am aware that these sites are managed by private companies that will inevitably retain a portion of this revenue stream. I want to know the revenues flowing back to NCC during these two financial years.

A.1   The Council received £68,000 in 2017/18 and £67,000 in 2018/19 from charging residents to deposit soil, rubble and plasterboard at 12 Household Waste Recovery Centres (HWRCs). The Council has no obligation to accept non household waste free of charge at its HWRCs, some Councils chose not to accept this material at all. Northumberland County Council seeks a contribution from residents towards its costs of accepting this material, in order to continue to provide a low cost and convenient means of disposal for residents with small quantities, and to encourage residents with larger quantities to seek out viable alternatives eg dumpy bag collection service, skips, and private waste contractors.


Reference Number: 7823
Request Date: 24/06/2020

Question and Response:

Q.1    How many tonnes of kerbside recycling you collected in each of the past three years broken down by (a) plastics (b) glass, (c) paper (d) card.

A.1     Plastic, paper and card are collected as dry mixed recycling and the tonnage is recorded as mixed not by material. We do not collect kerbside glass. 
Year Material SUM of Tonnes
2017/18 Aluminium cans 234.2
  Card 2725.02
  HDPE [2] 602.5
  Paper 9767.6
  PET [1] 800.4
  Steel cans 1044.5
2017/18 Total   15174.22
2018/19 Aluminium cans 362.3
  Card 2055.6
  HDPE [2] 612.1
  Mixed paper & card 1521
  Paper 8776.9
  PET [1] 954.3
  Steel cans 895
2018/19 Total   15177.2
2019/20 Aluminium cans 391.3
  Card 3218
  HDPE [2] 711.5
  Mixed paper & card 2895.2
  Paper 5772.3
  PET [1] 1029.9
  Steel cans 960.5
2019/20 Total   14978.7
Grand Total   45330.12
Q.2     Please can I ask if since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic any of these groups (a), (b), (c) or (d) are still being sent for recycling or are now being sent to landfill or an incinerator.

A.2     Covid 19 has not had an effect on how we process our dry mixed recycling in that they still go to our West Sleekburn Material Recycling Facility (MRF) to sorted and bulked up before being sent to various end destinations for reprocessing. 

Q.3     If any of these groups (a), (b), (c) or (d) are now being sent to landfill or an incinerator, when and why was this decision taken?

A.3     Not applicable as all of our kerbside rubbish is sent to the Material Recycling Facility (MRF)