By KLTV Newsdesk
As part of their commitment to tackling the Climate Emergency, Kirklees Council is sharing their ideas for dealing with recycling and waste in Kirklees and is asking for the public’s views.
For the next couple of months, the council is asking residents to tell them what they think about their vision for changing how we all deal with our rubbish.
From proposals to bring back glass-recycling containers, to collecting more types of plastic in green bins, the council says they want to demonstrate a commitment to making it easier for people to recycle.
They say they also want people to think about how they can contribute; by reducing the amount of waste they create, and treating the materials that they no longer need as something useful rather than rubbish.
The council’s vision for Zero Waste to Landfill sets out a range of ideas for how everyone can get involved.
They are also encouraging people to read their ‘journey of a yoghurt pot’ and ‘food waste story’ which are two case studies on the councils website, that aim to explain why we need to reduce what we buy, and looks what is the best way to deal with everyday waste materials that may have further use.
Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Greener Kirklees, said: “Our vision is a clean, green, sustainable future for Kirklees with zero waste to landfill.”
“We are committed to tackling the climate emergency, and one of the biggest impacts on the climate comes from the way we handle the waste we produce.
“This means that we need to consider everything from reducing the amount of rubbish that we create, to finding ways to reuse and recycle materials.”
Cllr Mather stressed that discussions that lead to meaningful changes will ultimately result in positive actions such as using less energy processing raw materials, and the reduction of the amount of carbon produced in the disposal process.
He added: “We want Kirklees to be a place where waste is valued as a resource through re-use, recycling and recovery. To achieve this, we all need to take responsibility for the waste we generate and make the best decisions on what to do with it.
“To help us make the right decisions, we need your views. I’d like to encourage you to get involved in the virtual consultation to help shape the future of waste in Kirklees.”
Any decisions made will form part of Kirklees Councils recent commitment to the Climate Emergency, and will be part of an ongoing series of changes to create a greener, more sustainable borough.
Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We know most people will be excited about the opportunity to recycle more at kerbside in future, but you might also have concerns about what that means for you.
“We’ve set up a website with lots of information, and a virtual room where you can see what the different scenarios might look like at your home.
“Once you’ve checked out the materials please take a moment to complete our survey and let us know what you think – your views really are important.”
The engagement takes place from Thursday 29 October 2020 until 6 December 2020. The public can visit the Waste Strategy website to learn more, fill out the survey, and share their views.
In addition to the website and virtual exhibition room, the council will also have a web chat facility with advisors on hand to answer any questions.
There will also be a series of webinars for people to join; details will be available also on the Waste Strategy Website.