The Council's new waste strategy - you decide!

It's all change for Herefordshire Council's waste collection strategy - prompted by 3 events;

  • the new national waste strategy published by the government in 2018, "Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England"
  • the council's declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2019 and with it their ambition to bring about a more sustainable county
  • the current waste contract coming to an end in 2023

The Council will have to make changes to ensure compliance with 4 points in the national strategy:

  • To provide a weekly food waste collection service for every household.
  • To collect garden waste separately.
  • The government's preferred approach is that councils collect different recyclables separately to increase their quality e.g. in different containers.
  • The government's preferred approach is that no waste stream is collected less than every fortnight.

Waste strategy  - photo by Bas Emmen on UnsplashAlso, by reviewing the way they collect rubbish and recyclingthe Council hopes to bring about large reductions in carbon emissions in response to the Climate Emergency.

The next step is to get the views and opinions of Herefordshire residents and businesses to make sure they are fully considered prior to any changes.  You have the option of completing the online survey (click for survey), requesting a postal survey or over the phone.  To request a postal survey or to take part in a survey over the phone please email or call the FREEPHONE number 0800 0730 348 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Cllr Gemma Davies, Cabinet member for contracts and assets has explained: “Herefordshire’s rubbish and recycling collection service will look different from 2023 as, like all councils across the country, we will be required to meet new government requirements and as we look to support people to recycle as much as possible."

“We are starting to plan now for what our rubbish and recycling collection service will look like in the future.  In the consultation there are two specific options for collection of waste and they both look very different from the service now, so we need as many people to have a say to make sure we make the right choice.  We also want to find out more about what would assist people with their rubbish and recycling collection, what concerns they may have and what would help them to recycle more.”

The survey will take 10 minutes to complete and the consultation runs until 7th February 2021.  Then the Council's recommendations will be reviewed and the preferred option will be approved in May 2021.  Please join in for the chance to get what you the consumer wants!


Bottles photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash