Councillor Ken Thornber said: Residents of Hampshire can be proud that we put the least amount of waste into landfill of anywhere in the UK.
We are top of the league because the County Council had the vision and foresight to invest heavily in some of the best recycling and disposal facilities in Europe. We also formed a unique partnership called Project Integra in the mid 1990s where we work with district and borough councils and the private sector to create an innovative joint waste management strategy. This partnership has given us internationally acclaimed integrated solutions to managing waste.
Project Integra is a partnership between Hampshire County Council , all eleven district councils, the unitary authorities of Portsmouth and Southampton and the private waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services.
Through the partnership Hampshire has invested in a network of waste facilities including three state of the art energy recovery facilities.
Last year Hampshire recycled or recovered more than 81% of its waste. It had a recycling rate of just under 32% and sent less than 19% of its waste to landfill.