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County consults on waste management up to 2030

Councils in Oxfordshire are seeking views on how to “refresh” their joint waste management strategy.

The Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP) has launched a public consultation on the councils’ waste management policies up to 2030. It follows a six-year strategy to increase recycling and improve waste management across the county through a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

The consultation is seeking views on how to reduce resource consumption, what recycling and composting targets should be, and what help residents need from local councils. It is also asking for opinions on how to communicate waste management developments to the public and how to improve the management of hazardous waste.

In 2006 Oxfordshire councils came together as Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP) to set out how they planned to increase recycling and improve waste management across the county through a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy. Since then, Oxfordshire has become one of the highest performing counties in the UK.

However, the county’s waste management plans have not been without controversy. In November, the high court refused appeals by campaigners to overturn planning permission for Viridor’s energy from waste plant in Ardley.

Launching the new consultation, OWP chairman and county councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles said: “We’ve transformed waste management across Oxfordshire over the past six years. By working together, we’ve put in new collection schemes, built new food waste recycling plants and signed a contract to build an energy from waste facility to use our non-recyclables as a means of generating electricity. All this has taken recycling from 33% to over 60%.”

The partnership said that the strategy needed to be updated to take into account EU Waste Framework Director, revised in 2011, and the increased focus on measuring carbon emissions, among other developments.

Oxfordshire Waste Partnership includes Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire, District Council, Vale of the White Horse District Council and West, Oxfordshire District Council.

The consultation closes on 5 August 2012.

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