Have your say on Hertfordshire's rubbish

PUBLISHED: 16:16 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:20 20 February 2013

PUBLIC consultation got underway this month on the latest phase of the county council's long-term strategy for managing and disposing of Hertfordshire's waste.

PUBLIC consultation got underway this month on the latest phase of the county councils long-term strategy for managing and disposing of Hertfordshires waste.

The council is keen to know what local people think about the Waste Development Framework and is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the consultation, which started on November 2 and runs until December 18.

The plan, which will cover the period 2011-2026, will set out the county councils vision and objectives for the future treatment of waste and the policies and proposals necessary to achieve this vision.

Derrick Ashley, executive member for planning and waste, said, We are urging local people to take this opportunity to help shape the plan that we are going to be using to determine how we manage, dispose of and reduce the huge amount and range of waste that we produce each year.

Like all local authorities, we are having to confront the fact that landfill space is dwindling, disposal costs are soaring, and what we are doing at present is doing long-term damage to the environment. We have achieved a great deal already, but we must continue to tackle the amount of waste we produce and to reuse and recycle as much as possible as a priority on top of which, we need to find alternative ways to dispose of and treat the waste that cant be managed in any other way.

Visit www.hertsdirect.org/wasteplanningconsultation before December 18, 2009 to have your say.

Residents are now recycling more waste than ever before at household waste recycling centres. Between April and June this year, just under 70 per cent of the countys household waste was sent for re-use, recycling or composting.

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