Results from Waste Strategy Consultation

FeedbackIn May 2013 we asked you for your ‘rubbish views!’.

As recycling rates have increased significantly from about a quarter to around a half of all Warwickshire residents’ rubbish, this has reduced reliance on landfill and has avoided cost to taxpayers amounting to millions of pounds each year.

We asked you for your views on the new waste targets for 2020.  A summary of the questions along with the % of respondents who agreed with the proposed way forward are below:

Reduce    

In order to concentrate efforts, the Partnership suggested the following three schemes to be the focus for promoting waste education in Warwickshire:

  1. Love Food Hate Waste
  2. Home Composting and Master Gardeners
  3. Smart Shopping

We asked you if you supported this proposed way forward?

  • Yes – 79.3%
  • No -7.7%
  • Don’t know – 13%

Re-use  

In order to concentrate efforts the Partnership suggested that the following three schemes should be the focus for promoting re-use in Warwickshire:

  1. Bulky waste collections – furniture collected for a charge by your district or borough council
  2. Furniture re-use schemes – carried out by charities or not for profit organisations
  3.  HWRC re-use shops – currently operating at 7 HWRCs in Warwickshire.

We asked you if you supported this proposed way forward?

  • Yes – 82.7%
  • No – 7.7%
  • Don’t know – 9.6%

Kerbside Recycling and Composting    

The partnership suggested the following three schemes to be the focus for increasing kerbside recycling and composting in Warwickshire.

  1. Promotion of the environmental and economic benefits of kerbside recycling and composting
  2.  More information about kerbside recycling and composting services – how, when, what
  3. Introduction of smaller replacement wheelie bins for residual waste – gradually replace 240 litre bins with 180 litre bins (the size currently in use within Warwick District)

We asked you if you supported this proposed way forward?

  • Yes – 69.8%
  • No – 17.2%
  • Don’t know – 13%

Recycling and Composting at the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

In order to concentrate efforts the Partnership proposed the following four areas should be the focus for improving HWRC recycling and composting in Warwickshire, while ensuring reduced running costs:

  1. Promotion of environmental and economic benefits of HWRC recycling and composting
  2. Replace van permits with voucher scheme for managing van usage
  3. Strict policies/enforcement on what can go in the household waste – open bag policy
  4. More recycling streams collected

We asked you if you supported this proposed way forward?

  • Yes – 62.9%
  • No – 13.8%
  • Don’t know – 23.3%

Waste Reduction Target  

In order to drive waste reduction in Warwickshire the Warwickshire Waste Partnership suggested we aim to:

  • Reduce household waste to 320 kg per person by the end of the strategy period (2020)

We asked you if you supported this proposed way forward?

  • Yes – 80%
  • No – 7%
  • Don’t know – 13%

Recycling and Composting Target    

The overall recycling rate in Warwickshire in 2011/12 was 48.6%. In order to drive waste recycling and composting in Warwickshire the Partnership proposed aiming for a target of:

  • By the end of the Strategy period (2020) Warwickshire’s recycling targets should be 70%

We asked you if you supported this proposed way forward?

  • Yes – 71.6%
  • No – 16.4%
  • Don’t know – 12%

We were pleased with the results as they show that you do agree with the targets and way forward so we can now begin to put steps in place to achieve these.

Thank you for your views.

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