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Welsh authorities bid to engage public on waste

Authorities across Wales have teamed up to produce an information pack providing practical advice for the waste management sector and useful information for the public.

The resource has been developed by the Welsh Assembly Government, the Welsh Local Government Association, Environment Agency Wales and Caerphilly Council. It includes a series of how to guides providing tips on issues such as community engagement, handling the media and planning new waste facilities. A ratings system shows which of the existing reports and guidelines are most appropriate to readers with different areas of expertise, including communications, planning and evaluation professionals.

Factsheets, supported by case studies selected to reassure and inspire readers, are included in the pack for distribution to the public. These explain how and why rubbish needs to be treated and the planning process and waste technologies used to address these requirements. As more waste facilities are needed in Wales, contributors to the resource are keen for this information to be disseminated widely.

Welsh Local Government Association director of environment and regeneration Kevin Bishop, said: A key objective of the past few years has been to make effective use of taxpayers money to roll out and promote recycling schemes across Wales and encourage the public to use them. It is vital that local authorities encourage consumers to take the next step to accept that we need to invest in the technology and plant required to sustainably manage their recyclate, bidodegradables and residual waste.

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