North Lincolnshire council wants your views on ‘zero waste’ plans to help it deal with the area’s mounting waste and meet the requirements of new legislation that make waste prevention the number one priority.
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 places a duty on the council to have regard to a hierarchy of options for dealing with waste it collects and receives from local residents.
Last year the council dealt with around 100,000 tonnes of waste - just below half (48 per cent) was recycled or composted. The rest was landfilled.
To deal with waste in future, the council plans to:
Limit the growth in municipal waste through the use of waste reduction and minimisation programmes, and
Increase the level of recycling and composting of household waste to a minimum of 60 per cent, and meet any future statutory targets set by the Government.
Adopt a ‘zero waste’ management system by the year 2020.
The council consulted on the draft waste strategy four years ago. This concluded that there was strong support for recycling and treating the non-recyclable waste produced by local residents in a facility in North Lincolnshire that would recover electricity and heat from waste.
Further consultation took place two years ago and the findings from both have been used to develop the final waste strategy that the council is now consulting on with a number of agencies. These include English Nature, English Heritage and the Environment Agency.
To view the council’s plans, visit http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/environment/recycling/wastestrategy/
To give your comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to North Lincolnshire Council, Waste Management, Places Directorate, The Angel, Market Place, Brigg. DN20 8LD.
The deadline for receipt of comments is 9 August 2012.
Cllr Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for Highways and Neighbourhood at North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Waste management is without a doubt one of the most important and high profile services that a council can offer. It plays a vital role in the quality of life and sustainability of the whole community, and a pro-active and far sighted approach to collection, disposal and recycling is essential in meeting the challenges that the council faces.
“That is why it is important that you give your views and tell us what you thing to the way we plan to deal with the area’s mounting waste in the coming years.
“Sitting back and doing nothing is not an option. We must comply with new legislation, we must tackle our growing waste, and we must act now.”
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