West of England Waste Partnership
South Gloucestershire, together with Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset Councils (the West of England Partnership), is committed to sustainable, efficient and cost effective ways of dealing with the residual waste which cannot be recycled or composted. This is because sending waste to landfill is not an environmental or financially sustainable option.
Landfilling waste produces methane – a very potent greenhouse gas. In South Gloucestershire there is very little landfill space available which means the waste has to be transported to landfill sites well outside of the council area.
In addition, landfill tax which is now at £86.10 per tonne, will continue to rise in line with the Retail Prices Index (RPI), rounded to the nearest five pence.
Modern waste management methods provide us with better ways of dealing with ‘residual’ waste, which is the waste that is left over when we have recycled as much as we can. This residual waste can be treated further to recover some value from the waste we throw away.
A jointly produced waste strategy has been adopted by all four West of England councils which sets out a plan to deal with waste in the region. This is currently being updated and will be published once agreed by the partnership.
Each West of England council also has it’s own waste strategy in place. South Gloucestershire’s updated Waste Strategy 2015-2020 was agreed in July 2016.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
All four councils will co-operate to develop a rolling programme of joint waste prevention, education and promotional campaigns to reduce waste, encourage re-use and increase recycling and composting. In addition, each of the councils will individually improve its local services and have committed to increase public participation in recycling and re-use initiatives.
Waste treatment contract
Working in partnership, the four councils have a contract which will treat 120,000 tonnes of waste per year and reduce the amount of biodegradable waste sent for landfill disposal by 75%.
The contract was awarded to New Earth Solutions (NES) for mechanical, biological treatment (MBT). NES has built a MBT treatment plant at Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth and delivery of waste started in April 2011.
We have committed 40,000 tonnes to the contract (around 90% of black bin waste) making a significant contribution to landfill diversion and better use of non-recyclable waste.Is there anything wrong with this page?