- To provide a sustainable, integrated waste management strategy whilst maximising the benefits from waste.
- To minimise the production of waste and through recycling maximise the reuse of materials through viable operations and markets.
Each year the Council deals with 120,000 tonnes of controlled waste, the vast majority of which is from households. In treating its waste, the Council's strategy for the future will concentrate on recovering benefit from the waste. This will stem from an integrated waste strategy employing incineration with energy recovery, (as explained below) recycling and composting, with an emphasis on minimising waste directly. The provision of over 100 recycling sites across the borough has been achieved through agreement with a range of organisations who allow the sites on their land and who support recycling initiatives.
Waste To Energy Incinerator - The council has been working closely with Martin Engineering Systems to redevelop the Lister Road incinerator as a new state of the art waste to energy plant It will be capable of incinerating 900,000 tonnes per annum of household and light commercial waste. The heat recovery from incineration will generate enough electrical energy to supply more than 15,000 households in the borough. The plant will encompass the most modern flue gas cleaning systems, bettering the most stringent regulations set by European directives and the recommendations of the Environment Agency.
The council aims to:
- Instigate schemes to exceed the governments target to recover value from 40% of municipal waste by a combination of recycling, composting and waste to energy and achieve over 75% recycling of waste within a 3 year period.
- Increase the number of recycling sites to 300 by the year 2000
- Set annual targets to reduce paper usage and to recycle waste paper within the Council.
- Extend awareness to all sectors of the community about waste minimisation and recycling
What Are You Doing?
Waste can be reduced by:
- Reducing - Do you ever insist on less packaging?
- Reusing - Do you reuse instead of recycling?
- Recycling - What else can you recycle e.g. textiles, books, scrap metal?