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Have your say on Devon’s Resource & Waste Management Strategy

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Posted on: 3 March 2021

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the draft Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay.

The Public Consultation runs from Wednesday 3 March to Wednesday 14 April, and the responses will help shape how Local Authority Collected Waste is managed in Devon up to 2030.

The new document will present how the 10 councils responsible for waste collection or disposal in Devon, will continue to work with residents to try to reduce the amount of household waste created and continue to ensure that waste is managed in a sustainable and cost-efficient manner.

The last review of Devon’s Resource & Waste Management Strategy was in 2013, and since then there has been a range of developments which impact on waste management services.

These include changes in national waste policy with the publication of the Government’s Resource and Waste Management Strategy in 2018 as well as other waste consultations around a consistent waste collection service, deposit return scheme for drinks containers and an extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging materials. Other impacts include climate change and Brexit.

Consultees are invited to read the draft strategy and then respond to a series of questions on subjects including reducing carbon emissions, food waste, reducing waste, increasing recycling and reuse.

The consultation responses will then be reviewed, and an amended strategy will be presented for final approval to the Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee (DASWC) and individual councils this summer, with the intention to publish the final strategy at the end of the year.

Councillor David Harvey, the Vice-Chair of DASWC, said: “Our focus is on waste prevention, reuse and recycling as well as reducing the carbon impact of waste management.
“By working together closely and sharing resources Devon’s authorities achieved a recycling rate of 56.6 per cent (2019/20) maintaining our position near the top of the English recycling league.
“However, there are ever more challenging targets to be met and this strategy describes the way in which local authorities within Devon and Torbay will manage resources and waste we are responsible for over the next decade and to set out our policies and targets.”

You can read the strategy and give your views here using the online questionnaire.
If you would like further information, please email: waste@devon.gov.uk

If you need guidance or an alternative format, email waste@devon.gov.uk with details of any preferred format and the assistive technology you use.

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