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Waste and Recycling Strategy 2018 - 2023

Meeting: 17/07/2018 - Communities, Housing and Environment Committee (Item 36)

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Mrs Jennifer Shepherd, the Head of Environment and Public Realm introduced her report on the Waste and Recycling Strategy 2018-2023.


The Committee noted that following previous consultation with the Committee and a workshop with Members, a new Waste and Recycling Strategy had been drafted.


Mrs Shepherd also advised that the issue of recycling had recently been in the news regarding single use plastics.  As a result of this central government had proposed a number of changes to policies and legislation, including putting a tax on coffee cups. 

The Committee was informed that Maidstone was at the forefront of recycling and they were second in the table against other Kent authorities.  A number of authorities had seen a decline in their recycling rates. 


In response to questions from Members, Mrs Shepherd advised that:-


·  The satisfaction target for customers on recycling was taken out as it was almost a given that the rate would be high.  

·  There would not be any policing of bins, just working with residents to get it right.  The last resort would be to take the bin away.

·  The Council had adopted a hard line with housing providers and management companies on their communal areas which had been successful.

·  Roadshows and face to face engagement are targeted to areas where recycling rates are low.


RESOLVED:  That the draft Waste and Recycling Strategy 2018-2023 as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be adopted and the actions contained within it are implemented.


Voting:  For:  unanimous