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West of England to get new waste strategy

A new waste strategy due to be published in 2008 for the west of England, will detail how waste will be managed in the four local authorities of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Earlier this year a major consultation entitled Rubbish or Resource? asked local residents how to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites. More than a thousand people took part in the consultation and 84% said that the west of England should deal with its own waste within its own boundaries. The feedback from this consultation is being fed back into the new waste strategy. Bristol City Council executive member for access and environment Mark Bradshaw said: Public involvement in shaping the west of Englands future waste policy is crucial and this consultation has provided a valuable perspective. It follows Bristols citizens jury on waste recycling with its recommendations to improve the efficiency and take up of the current arrangements for the City. One thing is clear close cooperation with our neighbouring unitary authorities will be vital in defining a long term approach to waste and recycling and in tackling climate change.

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