Date Published: 03 December 2021
Rutland residents are being asked to comment on changes that could be made to local waste services as a result of new government legislation linked to the environment.
The government’s new Environment Act focuses on environmental protection and tackling climate change. Once enacted, it will give the government powers to set new binding targets relating to air quality, biodiversity, and waste reduction. This will also affect local councils, which may need to change the way they provide waste and recycling services in order to meet these government targets.
Anticipating the introduction of the Environment Act, Rutland County Council has reviewed the current makeup of its waste and recycling services and developed a new Waste Management Strategy for 2021-2035. Following an earlier public consultation on the strategy, Rutland residents are now being asked for their views on changes to waste services and how the Council intends to put these into practice.
- Collecting a consistent set of materials for recycling
- Making sure recyclable materials are of the highest quality by collecting them separately, where possible
- Having separate weekly food waste collections
Public consultation on the proposed changes to Rutland’s waste services runs until Sunday 19 December 2021. If introduced, the changes would be made before April 2024. Further information and a short online survey can be found at: www.rutland.gov.uk/wasteconsultation. Anyone without internet access can take part by calling: 01572 722 577.
“We know from talking to Rutland residents that they want to make a positive contribution to the environment and stop the harmful effects of climate change. The new Environment Act aims to do both of these things and will require councils to make significant changes to waste management at a local level. It’s important that people understand and support these changes.”Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Climate Change