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Just over a month left to have your say on waste strategy

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You have just over a month left to help shape a ten year strategy on how Wiltshire Council collects and manages household waste and recycling. 

A consultation got underway last month to canvass your views to ensure the strategy is representative of your opinions and enables you to reduce, re-use and recycle the waste you produce at home. 

The consultation is open until 14 November and can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste. Alternatively you can request a paper copy by calling 0300 456 0102.   

So far, more than 2,270 people have provided their feedback via the consultation.  

It currently costs Wiltshire Council upwards of £30 million per year to manage all of Wiltshire’s household waste and recycling so it is important that its long-term strategy is affordable. Currently, each Wiltshire household produces on average 566 kg of non-recycled waste per year. The council has to pay to collect and manage waste and recyclable materials.  Not all recycling has a value; any income that is generated from recycling goes towards offsetting a small part of the cost of delivering the service.  

Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for waste, said: “ We’ve had a really strong response to the consultation so far and there’s still plenty of time for more people to tell us what they think.  

“The more responses we get the clearer the picture will be of what people want from their waste management service, and that will really help with our long-term planning.” 

Following the consultation, the draft version of the strategy will be reported to the council’s environment select committee, cabinet, and then full council for consideration and adoption in 2018.

 


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