Have your say - don't throw it away
Archived press release
Date Published: 18/06/07
Buckinghamshire has to deal with nearly two and a half million tonnes of waste each year. Enough to more than fill a swimming pool every hour. Buckinghamshire County Council, like every other authority in the country, has to figure out what to do ...
Buckinghamshire has to deal with nearly two and a half million tonnes of waste each year. Enough to more than fill a swimming pool every hour. Buckinghamshire County Council, like every other authority in the country, has to figure out what to do with this waste, now and in the future.
With the cost of transporting and burying rubbish in holes in the ground at over £40 a tonne and forecast to grow to £200 per tonne in the very near future, doing nothing is not an option. The cost to residents combined with the environmental damage of landfill means that we need to find more and better ways to both recycle and recover value from waste.
To achieve this, the County Council has to find possible sites in Buckinghamshire for new or improved waste processing facilities, that could be developed by 2021. Technical assessment has helped identify potential locations for household waste recycling, composting, waste transfer, materials recovery and energy from waste facilities.
Now the Council needs all residents to have their say on the proposals. Starting on 22 June, you have the chance to find out more and give your views on possible sites for waste facilities; online, at Council offices and libraries, and at public exhibitions across the County.
Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Martin Tett says, ‘We can’t carry on doing what we’ve always done – not only are we damaging our environment but if we don’t meet Government landfill targets we will be heavily fined. So, I would urge everyone to come along, consider, and comment on what’s proposed for future waste management.’
He adds, ‘Identifying potential sites is just the first step in the waste planning process. Any proposal for waste facilities has to satisfy the same demanding tests and challenges as any other kind of development.’