Notts residents asked for views on managing waste

NOTTS residents are being asked for their views on the way the county’s waste is managed in the future.

The County and City Councils are putting forward their preferred options for a new Waste Core Strategy which looks at possible solutions for dealing with Nottinghamshire’s waste over the next 20 years. This follows earlier consultation on the main issues, which was carried out last year.

Residents are being invited to give their views on the latest proposals in a major consultation taking place from Friday, July 22, to Friday, September 16.

The consultation document is available online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/wastehaveyoursay along with a shorter summary leaflet and supporting information. Hard copies can also be requested by calling 08449 808080.

The main consultation document can also be viewed at the County Council’s office at Trent Bridge House, the City Council’s office at Loxley House, Nottingham Central Library and Infopoint and District Council offices during normal opening hours.

Residents can take part in the consultation by:

● Filling in an interactive form online

● Calling our customer service centre on 08449 808080

● Writing to the Planning Policy Team at Nottinghamshire County Council, Trent Bridge House, Fox Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6BJ

In addition, a series of roadshows is being held in libraries across the county where people will be able to find out more about the Waste Core Strategy and get advice from staff. Details of these are available on the website or by calling the customer service centre as shown above.

Recent estimates suggest that Nottinghamshire could produce between four and five million tonnes of waste every year over the next 20 years. Household waste, collected by local authorities, only makes up a fraction of the waste produced each year, with the majority coming from industry, commerce and construction.

The ambitious approach put forward in the consultation is to increase dramatically the amount of waste we recycle and convert into energy.

The aim is to boost recycling levels for commercial, industrial and household waste to 70% by 2025 (the current rate is around 50%) and recover energy from most of what is left, which could see disposal rates fall substantially.

Reducing what goes to landfill is not just important for environmental reasons but also because we are running out of space.

Although energy recovery is often assumed to mean incineration, it includes a range of technologies such as anaerobic digestion which could be used to treat food and other organic waste.

In terms of where new waste facilities could be located, the Waste Core Strategy will not identify specific sites but proposes broad locations where new facilities are likely to be needed. This would see larger recycling or energy recovery facilities built to serve the city and the Mansfield and Ashfield area, along with smaller facilities in the main market towns such as Newark, Retford and Worksop to ensure that the whole county has local access to a modern waste management infrastructure.

The draft plan also considers the potential for ‘resource recovery parks’ where a combination of new recycling, energy recovery and other types of waste facilities could be located together on a single site.

Although it is hoped that disposal rates will continue to fall in the long term, the current shortage of landfill space does mean that some new disposal capacity is likely to be needed over the next 10-20 years. To meet this, it is suggested that the preferred approach should be to look at extending existing sites where possible, before looking at options like land-raise or remote disposal outside the county which is seen as very costly and unsustainable.