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Waste Survey

We are looking at how we collect household waste and recycling in the New Forest and have been seeking the views of our residents.

Between the 16 January 2020 and 14 February 2020, researchers working on behalf of the council were knocking on doors and inviting householders to answer a short survey about the waste and recycling service. Householders also had the opportunity to take part in the survey online.

The Waste Survey has now closed. The online survey was live between 16 January and 14 February 2020. Thank you for your interest.  

What happens now?

The survey results will be analysed by experts from MEL Research who will produce a report for us. Our Waste Strategy Working Group comprised of Officers and Members, will work together to consider the options for a new waste strategy. The results of this survey along with other important information such as research into other council waste services, potential performance improvement, environmental impact & service model costings, will be fully considered in the decision-making process.

Frequently asked questions:

Why did we do the survey?

We are currently working to develop a new waste strategy that will help meet the needs of all our community. We know we need to improve our recycling performance, and we want to reduce the impact on the environment by helping residents reduce their household waste and recycle as much as possible. It was important to seek the views of residents so that we can move forward in a way that is best for the New Forest.

What is the National Waste Strategy, and will the council be looking at it?

"Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England" was released by the Government in December 2018. The strategy lays out the key objectives for dealing with waste nationally, 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.

The results of the initial consultations were released in August 2019. Detailed decisions are now subject to a second round of consultations that will be released in 2020. The government have indicated that any legislative changes will occur in 2023. We will be considering carefully, the outcomes of the consultations and will make sure that our Waste Strategy is robust enough to deal with potential legislative changes.

If you would like to find out more about the National Waste Strategy and the consultation outcomes, these links maybe helpful:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/resources-and-waste-strategy-for-england

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/waste-and-recycling-making-recycling-collections-consistent-in-england/outcome/consistency-in-recycling-collections-in-england-executive-summary-and-government-response

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/introducing-a-deposit-return-scheme-drs-for-drinks-containers-bottles-and-cans/outcome/introducing-a-deposit-return-scheme-drs-in-england-wales-and-northern-ireland-executive-summary-and-next-steps

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/plastic-packaging-tax

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/introducing-a-deposit-return-scheme-drs-for-drinks-containers-bottles-and-cans/outcome/introducing-a-deposit-return-scheme-drs-in-england-wales-and-northern-ireland-executive-summary-and-next-steps

Who carried out the research?

We commissioned MEL Research to carry out the survey on our behalf. We wanted to ensure that we spoke to a wide range of people and that the feedback gathered reflected the makeup of the district.

MEL research are a partner company of the Market Research Society and have a wealth of experience analysing municipal waste and understanding household waste behaviour. For further information please see the link below:

https://melresearch.co.uk/

What will happen with the results?

The survey results will be analysed by experts from MEL Research who will produce a report for us. Our Waste Strategy Working Group comprised of Officers and Members, will work together to consider the options for a new waste strategy. The results of this survey along with other important information such as research into other council waste services, potential performance improvement, environmental impact & service model costings, will be fully considered in the decision-making process.

How will a decision be reached?

Once the Waste Strategy Working Group have considered all the key factors, a draft Waste Strategy will be produced. If this document contains significant service changes, there will be an approval process through Cabinet and a period of further public consultation later in the year.

When will changes take place?

It is too soon to say whether there will be service changes, what they will be and when they will potentially take place.

 

Updated: 15 Feb 2020
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