A few months ago I was contacted by the Cyrenians (http://www.cyrenians.org.uk/
) and asked to complete a survey about a composting social enterprise they are looking to set up. Yesterday they sent me the details as they stand and asked for more feedback. The details are below, but basically, once/week pickup would cost £16.71, including rental of wheelie bin, containers for the kitchen and bin liners.
We have what looks to be a thriving compost heap out back, but I am only adding raw fruit/veg scraps, coffee grinds, tea leaves and old flowers. With the Cyrenians we would be composting all organic waste (bread, scraps from unfinished meals, cheese, etc). This would of course be great.
Also, I was thinking that maybe a few people who are unable to compost at home might like to buy into getting their compost picked up at Forest? We could charge a small fee for this to help offset our costs (I don't think we'll use 50kg/week). Or, we could even look into the City of Edinburgh Waste Action grant
(http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/internet/En ... nt/Rubbish
in order to create a central pick up point for composting? I'm not sure of the legalities on that one, but it would be worth talking to the Cyrenians about it as they've already done the research on pickups/transport/etc,
What do we think?
CYRENIANS COMPOSTING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
FOOD AND CATERING WASTE COLLECTIONS
Draft of Service Proposal 18TH September 2007
GENERAL CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
1.Cyrenians Social Enterprise will provide wheelie bins to the customer (120, 240 or 660 litre) in a suitable number and combination as required by the customer. Edinburgh Cyrenians Social Enterprise will also provide kitchen caddies and a yearly provision of biodegradable caddy bin liners (5 x 52 weeks).
2.The wheelie bins provided should only be used to dispose of the waste materials as indicated below:
a)CATERING AND FOOD WASTE: cooked and raw food, including meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, peelings, pulp, food scraps and small animal carcasses.
b)The following MATERIALS must not be disposed of with catering or food waste: plastic, packaging, cutlery, tins, glass or any other not organic material.
c)Food and catering waste left in bags, boxes, loose, etc. next or nearby the bins will not be collected.
d)An additional charge will be applied should the degree of contamination should result too high for processing the waste.
3.The food waste bins will be collected by vehicles fully licensed to transport and dispose Animal by-Product wastes at a weekly frequency which will be agreed between the customer and Edinburgh Cyrenians Social Enterprise.
4.Frequency and method of payment of the service will also be agreed between the customer and Edinburgh Cyrenians Social Enterprise.
5.Waste Transfer Notes will be issued once payments are received by Edinburgh Cyrenians Social Enterprise.
PROPOSED PRICING SCHEDULE
The number of wheelie bins assigned to the customer, the logistics and the weekly frequency of collections will have to be discussed and agreed with the customer prior to the beginning of the service.
An indication of the weekly charge of the service, inclusive of wheelie bin/s and kitchen caddy rental, gate and uplift fees but not inclusive of VAT is based on the size and number of bins utilised by the customer and the frequency of the collections required as specified below.
Number of Weekly Collections 1-5
120 litre bin (max 50 kg)
240 litre bin (max 100 kg)
660 litre bin (max 260 kg)
SOME IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
Before you give us your comments, we would like you to consider the following reasons for joining our proposed scheme:
REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINTS: All the food and catering waste collected from your premises by us will be composted, hence will NOT end in landfill, giving your business/organisation the opportunity to boost your environmental credentials and to reduce your carbon footprints.
SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY: By joining the Cyrenians Food Waste Collection Scheme, you would contribute to support an emerging Social Enterprise which works to better the community by giving the opportunity to disadvantaged people to have work placements and to volunteer with us. Furthermore, all the proceedings would be re-invested in the Social Enterprise, thus generating more opportunities.
REDUCE YOUR GENERAL WASTE AND COSTS: You would see that the general waste disposed of by your business/organisation will decrease as the organic part will be collected separately. This will generate cost savings to you, i.e. less/smaller bins or less frequent collections for general waste.
TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY: The disposal of food and catering waste through composting is still more expensive than sending it to landfill, however it is much more sustainable in the long run!!!
YOUR FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS
Well, now we would like to hear what you think…
What do you think of the pricing of the service?
Would you consider it as an alternative to the current service provided to you?
Is the range of equipment provided such as wheelie bins, kitchen caddies and bin liners adequate in size and range and suitable to your business / organisation?
How about the terms of the service, i.e. frequency of collections?
Do you have any concern, comment or suggestion you would like to make?
Overall, would you consider joining the our Food Waste Collection Scheme?
Thank you in advance for your advice and support!