Council supports new government plans to reduce waste
Release date: 19 December 2018
Cotswold District Council has welcomed new government plans to cut down on waste going to landfill which will see manufacturers pick up the burden of paying for recycling.
Currently councils pay 90% of the bill for recycling, but under the new strategy this will instead fall to product manufacturers, forcing them to think about using more sustainable packaging. This could raise between £500 million and £1 billion per year to aid recycling and the disposal of rubbish.
The plans also include a commitment to weekly food waste collections in every home, a deposit return scheme for bottles and other items, and clearer labelling on packaging to show whether products can be recycled.
Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at Cotswold District Council, has welcomed the government’s announcement,
“This is really good news, especially the requirement to separate food waste from other materials which is entirely consistent with our decision to collect food waste separately when we launch our new waste service in late 2019; this will allow it to be recycled through anaerobic digestion and then create electricity. Garden waste will be collected fortnightly under the new service so we will reduce the current £30 licence fee when we set our budgets in February.
"Simpler recycling messages on products should stop so much waste going to landfill and moves to reduce unnecessary packaging are also to be applauded.”