Lincolnshire residents urged to give views on waste stategy

Lincolnshire County Council
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People in the county are being asked for their views on how waste and recycling are dealt with in the future.

Councils in Lincolnshire are joining forces to tackle the many challenges in dealing with the county’s waste and recycling.

The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, made up of Lincolnshire County Council and all seven of the county’s district authorities, wants to formulate the best and most environmentally sustainable waste strategy for the future.

The LWP has put together a draft strategy outlining future plans to reduce the levels of contamination in recycling and improve how non-recyclable waste is disposed of.

Coun Eddy Poll, chairman of Lincolnshire Waste Partnership, said: “Looking at how we currently collect and dispose of waste there are a number of challenges we are facing.

“To overcome these challenges we have put some recommendations in place and now we want to know whether people in Lincolnshire agree with these.

“The draft consultation plan will be available for people to view from April 4 and it is very important that people take this opportunity to tell us what they think.”

Residents can give their views through the release of the consultation document which is available on line until July 2 at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

In Lincolnshire, around 360,000 tonnes of municipal waste is produced each year – about half a tonne of waste per year for each person living in the county.

Coun Poll highlighted the need for residents to add their views, insisting the future strategy will not be decided by councils alone.

He said: “The current Waste Strategy has been in place since 2008 and there are new challenges for us all. We are attempting to deliver the best possible service when the local authority budget has been greatly reduced and we need to turn around a recycling rate which has begun to fall both locally and nationally.

“We want to hear from county residents on this important issue and find out what they want to see happen in the future.”