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 the New Forest in line with the government's objectives.
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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 has been subject to several consultations since 2019 which have indicated strong support for many of the objectives suggested. This informed the content of the draft Environment Bill 2020, as well as our Draft Waste Strategy, released in November 2020.
In May 2021, we submitted responses to the following, most recent consultations:
We're currently waiting on more clarity from the government following our responses.
Our response: We welcome any measures that improve recycling and waste minimisation. We 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.
As detailed in our Draft Waste Strategy, we support the government's proposal to collect additional dry recyclables and food waste within the next few years. However, timescales for implementation may need to be flexible to allow for changes to our service.
We support the option to introduce an 'on-the-go' deposit return scheme and agree with the materials proposed as cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles.
Extending the producers' responsibility for packaging and the introduction of a plastic tax, are important actions that we hope will encourage businesses to use recycled materials 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.
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 for the New Forest district that will comply with forthcoming legislation and meet the needs of our community.
The working group has considered the following:
The Draft Waste Strategy (DWS) was approved on 4 November 2020 at the council's cabinet meeting.
The strategy sets out our proposed plan for changes to the waste and recycling service and includes:
You can read about proposed changes to the service, and reasons for those changes, in the documents below. We are currently waiting on feedback from the latest government consultations before approving a final waste strategy.
In October 2021, we approved a new "Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy" (JMWMS) which will allow us to work collaboratively with district and borough councils in Hampshire to reduce our carbon impact, and comply with forthcoming government legislation.
As we work on our final waste strategy, the JMWMS will support us in sharing resources and working towards our goal to reduce waste and increase recycling.
The new JMWMS aligns with the proposed changes set out in our Draft Waste Strategy. This includes:
Specific information about the waste service for the New Forest, such as how often waste will be collected, and the types of containers and vehicles to be used, will be known when our final waste strategy is agreed.
You can view the full JMWMS below.
As we work on finalising the waste strategy, we are dependent upon:
We do not expect to approve a final waste strategy until early 2022. We will then work on implementing changes to the waste and recycling service.
If you have any questions about our waste and recycling strategy, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.