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Rutland County Council sets out its targets for improving recycling rates and reducing fly-tipping in public consultation

Targets have been laid out for Rutland to improve its environmental credentials.

A new waste management strategy is needed as part of the government’s Environmental Bill.

It states that all local authorities must make changes to their services by 2035.

A recycling centre
A recycling centre

Rutland County Council’s aims will be to avoid and reduce carbon emissions, to reduce waste and maximise recycling, and to reduce crimes such as fly-tipping.

Six goals have been identified, which form part of a public consultation. These are:

l To achieve a kerbside recycling rate target of 65 per cent. This would require a nine per cent increase on the current rate.

l To reach a recycling rate of 85 per cent at Household Waste and Recycling Centres. It is currently 77.5 per cent.

l To reduce household waste which is placed in black bins to less than 6kg per household per week. It is currently 9.72kg.

l To reduce cases of fly-tipping to 200 per year. The current rate is 270.

l To achieve a net-zero carbon footprint for waste management in Rutland.

l To reduce street scene, waste collection and disposal costs by 10 per cent.


The council’s consultation also looks at measures to reduce waste crimes, including education campaigns, enforcement and CCTV in hotspot areas.

Councillor Lucy Stephenson, who is responsible for waste and the environment, said: “Our plan is for a clean, green and sustainable county. Decreasing the amount of waste produced in the first place and increasing our recycling rates will help us save money and continue to offer a good service.”

To complete the survey visit: www.rutland.gov.uk/wastestrategy or call 01572 722577.

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