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Householders surveyed for waste and recycling review

We are looking at how we collect household waste and recycling and are seeking the views of residents.

From 16 January until 14 February 2020 researchers working on our behalf will be knocking on doors to invite some householders to answer a short survey on the waste and recycling service.

The survey, of around 1,100 New Forest residents, is being carried out for us by MEL Research. The householders will be asked to answer a brief series of questions about the current service and their priorities for recycling and waste collection.

Councillor Alison Hoare, our portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services, said:

"I would like to ask residents who receive a visit from the survey teams to give a few minutes of their time to help us better understand people's priorities for household waste and recycling in the district. We are looking in detail at how we collect residents' waste and recycling and hearing people's views is essential as we develop our new Waste Strategy. We want to know what they value about the current service and where they would like us to develop the service in future.

"Our aim is to reduce the impact on the environment so we are committed to helping residents to reduce their household waste and recycle as much as they can."

Researchers will be speaking to a wide range of people to make sure the feedback gathered reflects the makeup of the district. Residents who do not receive a visit are able to complete the survey online.

In December 2018, Central Government released "Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England." Many of the measures proposed in this new national strategy will have an impact on how all councils collect waste and recycling. These measures will be considered alongside the results of the residents' survey and further research and analysis, to develop a new Waste Strategy that will set out the way that we deal with household waste and recycling in the New Forest in the future. More information on the review and the development of the new Waste Strategy will be available over the next few months.

Cllr Hoare added, "Once we have considered all the key factors, a draft Waste Strategy will be produced. If this document contains significant changes, there will be an approval process through Cabinet and a period of public consultation later in the year."

To keep up to date on the right way to recycle in the New Forest now, please see newforest.gov.uk/recyclingandrubbish

Updated: 19 Apr 2020
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