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Have your say on waste

Published: Wednesday, 08th June 2016

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For the first time, all four South Yorkshire Councils are joining forces to plan how to manage waste across the county.

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield are working together to produce a South Yorkshire Waste Strategy to deal with challenges they face over the next five years.

This strategy will look at the long term plans of managing waste and the ways that services and resources can be used more effectively across the region. It does not include the day-to-day detail around household bin-collections, services that will continue to be planned at a local level. Now all four councils want to hear from their local residents and businesses to help them decide on their priorities and how they will go about achieving them.

Waste is a huge environmental challenge. South Yorkshire generates half a million tonnes of recycling, composting and non-recyclable household waste each year. Every year South Yorkshire councils collect nearly 15 million black and grey bins from more than 565,000 households.

Much of this waste could be prevented, re-used, recycled or composted. What we throw away could be an actual resource to help grow our economy and protect and improve the environment.

A major consultation on the subject is running from 6th June to the 31st July, 2016. To take part, go to www.bdronline.co.uk/haveyoursay and complete the short questionnaire. If you need a paper version, please ring 01709 765350.

The results will be analysed and incorporated into a new South Yorkshire Waste Strategy which will be launched in the Autumn.