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Priorities and strategies

Recycling and waste strategy

We only have one planet - and all waste needs to go somewhere. Our recycling and waste strategy sets out how North Somerset can reduce waste and how we can value natural resources by encouraging reuse, repair and recycling.

In 2019/20 we achieved a recycling rate of 60.6%, placing us in the top 10 councils in England and the best performing council in the South West. Despite our high recycling rate, our waste analysis of 250 households found 45% of the average household black bin is made up of items which could be recycled during weekly recycling collections.

Our long-term mission is to achieve a ‘zero waste’ North Somerset, where resource use and waste production is minimised, and repair and reuse is increased. We must think of waste as being something we value and should be recovered.

Consultation update

From 23 June to 18 August 2021 we carried out a consultation for our new recycling and waste strategy.

The consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated, we received over 1500 responses.

We are now considering the feedback and we will publish our finalised recycling and waste strategy for the next 10 years later this year.