Cabinet rubberstamps draft strategy to reduce household waste

Recycled waste

Posted on: 15 September 2021

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has approved the draft Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay.

The Cabinet’s decision on Wednesday, September 8, followed a public consultation in March.

When the final version is published it will detail how the 10 councils responsible for waste collection or disposal in Devon will continue to work with residents and businesses to reduce the amount of household waste created.

The strategy will also continue to ensure that waste is managed in a sustainable and cost-efficient way.

The document is an update of the last strategy, published in 2013, and considers a range of developments which impact on waste management services.

This includes the publication of the Government’s Resource and Waste Management Strategy in 2018, other waste consultations around a consistent waste collection service, a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and an extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging materials.

Following the consultation, respondents said that the strategy should continue to promote further reuse and repair of everyday items in the community and at Household Waste Recycling Centres.

They added that the strategy should also continue to focus on working with businesses manufacturers, retailers, and government to reduce packaging waste throughout the supply chain and focus on economic, efficient and carbon friendly solutions.

The strategy, they added, should also focus on education and community engagement, and should ‘stretch’ proposed targets for reducing, reusing, and recycling.

One of the changes proposed is to set a new ambitious target to reduce the amount of waste people create, and is therefore collected, per head.

Currently the target of waste collected per head per year by 2030 is 416kg. It’s recommended that that target could be reduced further 400kg per head per year by 2030.

The other DASWC authorities are also being asked to approve the Strategy, after which the Strategy will be published.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member Councillor Roger Croadresponsible for waste said: “Waste prevention, reuse and recycling, education and reducing the carbon impact of waste management will continue to be our focus.

“By sharing resources Devon’s authorities achieved a recycling rate of 56.6 per cent (2019/20) one of the best in the country.

“However, there are ever more challenging targets to be met and this strategy describes the way in which local authorities in Devon and Torbay will manage our resources and the waste we are responsible for over the next decade and to set out our policies and ambitious targets.”

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