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Leeds launch waste strategy consultation

Leeds council is urging its residents to have their say on how the city should deal with its growing waste problem, including their views on energy-from-waste, through a three-month consultation programme.

Councillor Steve Smith launches the consultation with one tonne of household waste: the amount generated by an average Leeds household over a year

The council said it sent over 80% of the city’s household waste to landfill in 2004/05, and could face fines of up to £217 million if it does not meet Government targets.

Plans for the council’s 30-year waste strategy include measures for reducing and re-using waste, increasing recycling, and working to raise public awareness of waste issues, as well as initiatives for the treatment and disposal of waste that cannot be recycled.

Leeds councillor Steve Smith said: “We are putting a strategy in place and it is vital that we understand what residents think about our proposals. We need to have a plan in place that people are prepared to support for the good of the city, otherwise it just won’t work.”

Residents will be asked what waste management issues are most important to them and what kind of collection services they would like.

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