Read our waste strategy
Our waste strategy sets out our plans for the service. It ensures we continue to reach our recycling targets and provide a service focused on waste prevention and recycling more.
Resource and Waste Strategy: 2020 and Beyond
The consultation for our new strategy is now closed and we are working on the final version. The draft strategy is available on our consultation website.
Waste Strategy 2015 – 2020
After finding that 52% of waste in household black bins could easily be recycled, our last waste strategy aimed to increase recycling and reduce black bin waste. As a council we also have a 50% recycling target to achieve by 2020 as well as cost savings targets to meet. Our strategy included making recycling collections weekly (June 2017), with new vehicles and reducing the size of the black bin for non-recyclable waste from 240l to 140l (Jan-Apr 2018). We delivered a strategy that is now demonstrating a reduction in black bin waste and an increase in recycling, already achieving a 51.6% recycling rate.
Councillors decided to implement the Waste Strategy 2015-2020 at the Environment and Community Services Committee meeting 6 July 2016.
Waste Strategy 2015-2020
This sets the strategic objectives, policies and plans for 2015–2020 and beyond. Outlining our key drivers, our current performance, the services we provide and proposed changes to those services.Start reading
You can find the background papers for the strategy below:
- waste strategy evidence
- waste strategy consultation report
- equality impact assessment and analysis
- Environment and Community Services Committee meeting
- frequently asked questions about the changes
Technically, environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP)
The EU revised Waste Framework Directive (r-WFD) was transposed into UK law through the Waste (England and Wales) Regulation 2012. It clarifies key concepts such as the definition of waste, recycling and disposal. The directive places more emphasis on the waste hierarchy and improving the quality of collected recyclable material that is sent to re-processors.
The regulations state that from 1 January 2015 every waste collector and waste collection authority must collect paper, metal, plastic or glass by way of separate collection where it is:
- necessary to ensure the waste is handled in accordance with the waste hierarchy
- necessary to ensure that waste is managed without endangering human health and without harming the environment
- necessary to facilitate or improve recovery
- technically and environmentally and economically practicable (TEEP) to do so
We are compliant with the TEEP assessment. For further information you can read our TEEP assessment evidence document.