Amount of waste sent to landfill drops by 70%

Landfill Published Wednesday, 25th October 2017

The amount of waste sent to landfill in Worcestershire has dropped by more than 70% in more than a decade.

The drastic drop has occurred since Herefordshire and Worcestershire launched their Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS) in 2004.

Since 2004 the amount of waste recycled has also increased by more than 60%.

The JMWMS is a joint strategy, running until 2034, across the six Worcestershire borough, city and district councils, Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council, reflecting the partnership across Worcestershire and Herefordshire in relation to municipal waste management. Despite the progress made, there is still a way to go.

Worcestershire County Council is committed to a more sustainable future by assisting residents to reduce the amount of waste they produce, reuse and recycle more thereby sending even less waste to landfill in the future.

The main factor in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill was the opening of the county's energy from waste plant, EnviRecover, earlier this year.

Cllr Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said: "Our focus is to try and minimise the amount of waste being generated despite the economic and housing growth across the county.

"Where possible we want our residents to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost more.

"On average a family of four could spend £120 a week on food and by making some simple changes to the way they buy and cook their food, they could save themselves as much as £60 a month as well as reducing the council's costs for collecting and disposing of any of that food that is thrown away as waste."

EnviRecover opened in Hartlebury in March this year and treats up to 200,000 tonnes of waste, exporting 15.5 MW of electricity to the grid.

EnviRecover complements Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council's other waste and recycling facilities, such as EnviroSort at Norton.

Worcestershire County Council has reduced its carbon footprint by nine per cent in the past year. The target over a period of five years is 20% so we are nearly at the half way stage already.