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Keep up to date with New Forest District Council's recycling rate and waste strategy.

Recycle your paper, plastic bottles and cans How are we doing?

Thanks to your efforts, we recycled or composted 32% of our household rubbish in 2018/19. This includes everything that was recycled in the clear sacks, black glass boxes, at the bring sites and in the garden waste scheme.


The National Waste Strategy - Current actions for the New forest

"Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England" was released in December 2018, it is the first document of its kind since 2007. The strategy lays out the key objectives for dealing with waste and suggests ways in which these objectives might be achieved. Much of this Strategy is subject to consultation, and the Government  ran four key consultations simultaneously between February and May 2019. New Forest District Council reviewed the Waste Strategy and responded to the four consultations listed below:

  • Consultation on consistency in household and business recycling collections in England
  • Consultation on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system
  • Plastic packaging tax consultation

In summary, this Council welcomes any measures that improve recycling and waste minimisation. We believe creating consistency in household recycling across the country and introducing a deposit return scheme will on the whole be progressive steps to meeting some of the strategies key objectives. Extending the producers responsibility for packaging and the introduction of a plastic tax, are important actions that we hope will encourage businesses to use more recycled material and move this country towards a more circular economy. New Forest District Council are pleased that central government have indicated that local authorities will be equipped with funds to implement any legislative changes.

With regards specifically to plastic pots, tubs and trays. The results of the initial consultations were released in August 2019, central government have indicated that there is support for including this material in a consistent set of recyclable materials for the whole country. Decisions are now subject to a second round of consultations that will be released in 2020, with legislation to follow for 2023.

New Forest District Council are currently working to develop a new waste strategy that will help meet the needs of all our community, including the public, businesses and or partner organisations.  In doing this we will consider the impact of the national waste strategy and regional developments in relation to Hampshire County Council. The overarching aim will be to reduce the impact on the environment by trying to reduce the production of waste and increase recycling.

Environment and Regulatory Services Portfolio Holder Decision - Consultation on National Waste and Resources Strategy


Updated: 3 Jan 2020
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