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Major drive to increase recycling in Hertsmere

Last Modified September 07, 2023

Hertsmere Borough Council’s elected members will soon have an opportunity to consider changes to the authority’s waste and recycling services aimed at improving our recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

A comprehensive paper, which will be reviewed at a cabinet meeting on 13 September and at Full Council on 20 September, sets out service improvements that would make a significant impact to Hertsmere’s green agenda.

Cllr Paul Richards, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Sustainability and Net Zero and Public Health, said: “Whilst Hertsmere’s recycling rates are just above the national average of 44.1% we know there is more we can do to encourage recycling by making our household waste collection service easier for residents.

“In order to do this we plan to introduce a weekly food waste collection service, bring in a new chargeable opt-in garden waste collection service which is fairer for all, and enforce our existing single black bin policy.  We believe this would allow our residents to recycle more, provide an equitable service for residents, reduce our carbon footprint, meet the needs of our growing population and comply with anticipated legislation changes.

“These proposed changes, which will take place over the next two years and bring Hertsmere in-line with well-performing waste and recycling services in neighbouring authorities, would help ensure that less rubbish is sent to landfill in the future.”

The agenda for the cabinet meeting, including a detailed report on improving household waste recycling, can be found on our website.

Posted on Wednesday 6th September 2023

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