Waste and recycling strategy

Central government published a new national waste strategy in December 2018, and we have been reviewing our services and developing a new waste strategy for New Forest in line with the governments objectives.

We will be updating this page with the latest information on our waste strategy, so please keep checking this page for updates.

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Latest updates

The approval to take the draft waste strategy to the next stage of project development will be decided by elected members at Cabinet on 4 November 2020. 

There will be a formal opportunity for residents to comment on the draft proposals from mid-November. Residents' feedback will then be used to help shape a new service.

Any changes to the waste and recycling service will not be implemented until 2022 at the earliest.

Read latest statement: Wheeled bins being considered for New Forest as part of improved waste service

The national waste strategy

The government's national waste strategy, "Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England" was published in December 2018 and contains objectives for dealing with the nation's waste, and suggestions for how these objectives can be achieved.

In the future, the items that we collect in the New Forest and the way we collect them will be heavily influenced by the national waste strategy.

The strategy was subject to a consultation, and we responded to four key consultations between February and May 2019:

  • Consistency in household and business recycling collections in England
  • Introducing a deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system
  • Plastic packaging tax consultation

Our response: We welcome any measures that improve recycling and waste minimisation, and believe creating consistency in household recycling across the country and introducing a deposit return scheme would be progressive steps to meeting some of the strategy's key objectives.

Extending the producers' responsibility for packaging and the introduction of a plastic tax, are important actions that we hope will encourage businesses to use more recycled material and move this country towards a more circular economy.

We are pleased that government have indicated that local authorities will be equipped with funds to implement any legislative changes and look forward to seeing the outcome of these consultations.

The Environment Bill - January 2020

The results of the consultation indicated strong support for many of the objectives suggested in 'Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England' and this informed the content of the Environment Bill 2020, which includes the following:

  • Extended producer responsibility: Producers will pay costs associated with the collection, processing and disposal of packaging products and materials
  • Deposit schemes to be established
  • Charges for single use plastic items
  • Separate collection of household waste: Recyclable household waste must be collected separately from other household waste; recyclable household waste which is food waste must be collected at least once a week.

The development of the New Forest waste strategy

As a result of the above developments a working group of council members and officers was formed in August 2019. The group has been working on developing a new waste strategy that will comply with forthcoming legislation but will also meet the needs of our community.

Our progress so far

We carried out a survey with residents in January and February 2020. The survey was conducted in face to face interviews and via an online questionnaire, and received almost 4000 responses.

The working group is now in the process of considering the following:

  • New laws for the collection of food waste and recycling
  • Different collections systems for collecting waste and recycling
  • Residents feedback
  • Current best practice and what other councils do

What we have learned

Introduction of weekly food waste collections

It is likely we will have to introduce this service which will change how we collect waste. We will need to look at how the collection of waste and recycling is carried out alongside this new service.

Improvements to the way recycling is separated

It is unlikely our current recycling collection service will comply with future legislation.

Residents expectations

Residents value the services we provide, but want to see improvements in the recycling service, for example being able to recycle more materials, such as food, and a wider variety of plastics.







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