Have your say on recycling and waste service

4:02pm - 23 June 2021

Residents are being encouraged to have their say on how recycling and waste services are developed in North Somerset.

North Somerset Council is looking for ideas and feedback to help shape its draft recycling and waste strategy.

Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, the council has been developing a range of measures to tackle the challenge.

All waste goes somewhere so the draft strategy is about how North Somerset can reduce waste and encourage everyone to value natural resources by reusing, repairing and recycling.

North Somerset is already in the top 10 local authorities in England and the best performing council in the South West for its recycling rate, which was 60.6 per cent in 2019/20.

Despite this achievement, the council’s waste analysis of 250 households found that 45 per cent of the average household black bin was made up of items which could be recycled at the kerbside.

Cllr Mike Solomon, North Somerset Council's executive member with responsibility for waste minimisation, said: "The long-term mission is to achieve ‘zero waste’ in North Somerset, where the amount of resource used and waste produced is minimised, while repairing and reusing is increased. We want our residents to help us shape this vision.

"In order to help achieve this, waste must be thought of as something we value, not something to discard with little thought."

Find out more about the draft recycling and waste strategy and have your say at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/wastestrategy.

The closing date for comments is Wednesday 18 August.