Our domestic waste and recycling policy

Our domestic waste and recycling policy further outlines our collection services

During 2010/2011 we commenced a fundamental review of the waste and recycling collection service in order to achieve efficiencies from collection round route optimisation; to increase capture and quality of the recycling collected, to reduce volumes of waste and to ensure waste collection services provide our residents with a value for money service.

The review included a review of the existing waste collection policies and custom and practice to ensure that our policies were fair and reflected the current environmental agenda and Council strategic priorities.

In May 2011 Cabinet approved a new single policy for the waste and recycling service to bring together the results of the review, incorporate current policy and custom and practice, and place all of the existing policies into one consolidated policy document.

We are committed to tackling climate change and the causes of it. Our Climate Change Strategy for 2011 (Key Priority 3 Waste Minimisation and Recycling) states that:

“The level of waste generated in the Borough will be decreased and the rate of recycling increased. Items we dispose of will no longer be considered as waste but used as a resource.”

As the highest tier of the waste management hierarchy, preventing waste has significant environmental benefits as well as saving the costs of managing waste. In January 2013 Cabinet approved this new policy to support achieving these aims. The policy is written in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Highways Act 1980.

Full Domestic Waste and Recycling Policy