TOWARDS ZERO WASTE 2020 - A Waste Strategy for Bath & North East Somerset
On the 14th July 2005, the Council considered and agreed our Waste Strategy, Towards Zero Waste 2020, An updated review of the strategy and Action plan was produced in December 2014. View this report here.
In August of 2005 the Planning Transportation & Economy Overview & Scrutiny panel reviewed waste & recycling services and made recommendations to the Executive Member. View this report here.
In 2014/15 we recycled nearly 50% of our household waste. Bath and North East Somerset Council sends it’s residual rubbish, (previously black bag waste) to the New Earth Solutions Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility in Avonmouth. As a result, the proportion of municipal waste we send to landfill has reduced from 56% in 2009/10 (50,660 tonnes) to 23% in 2013/14 (19,242 tonnes). For more detailed information regarding the waste statistics for Bath and North East Somerset refer to the statistics page.
Waste and recycling is an important public facing service provided by Bath and North East Somerset Council, and something that affects every household and business we serve. The UK is striving to achieve higher levels of recycling and a more circular economy where more of the products we use can be recovered as raw materials. As a result, new legislation and changing economics mean that the way we manage waste locally needs to change to keep up.
Our waste strategy was adopted in July 2005, and has been revised and updated at intervals since. This strategy update reflects the latest information available, covering 2013/14, and provides a review of progress to date, as well as an updated action plan to 2020 to ensure that the council continues to offer an efficient, high quality service that is compliant with the law and meets our residents’ needs. We have reviewed and updated our public waste strategy, which details the steps we need to take now and over the next five years to reduce the amount of waste we produce, to recycle as much as we are able to and to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill.