Municipal Waste Management Strategy

Our Municipal Waste Management Strategy was approved in 2003. We continue to work hard to implement the aims and objectives of the strategy.

The Strategy is available in three formats:

(The documents can be downloaded below. If you would like a hard copy, please contact us)

Please see the bottom of this page for an update on how the Strategy is progressing.

Foreword by Councillor Box, Leader of the Council

"I am very pleased to introduce the Council's Municipal Waste Management Strategy for the Wakefield District. The strategy has been produced in response to the Government's requirement for sustainable waste management.

The question of what we do with our rubbish concerns every one of us. We can no longer have a strategy that relies heavily on disposing of rubbish to landfill, as we must meet local, national and European targets in managing Wakefield's municipal waste. If present trends continue, the amount of municipal waste produced per year will double in twenty years' time.

This document sets out the strategy the Council approved and adopted on 25 November 2003, and sets the foundation of how we intend to meet the challenge of reducing rubbish, recycling more and treating the remainder in a more sustainable way.

These proposals will require significant changes to the way we deal with our rubbish. The Council has made progress in addressing some issues but there is much more we have to do. We need to think about waste minimisation, complex separate recycling collections, composting, and new technologies, including mechanical biological treatment, to deal with the rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted.

The extensive consultation process allowed the Council to ensure that the views, comments and ideas of everyone in the district, were heard and taken into consideration.

Although the Council's role is important, the strategy will not succeed without your support. With a little effort, we can all reduce the amount of waste we produce, re-use what we can and recycle and compost more.

We look forward to implementing this exciting and challenging Strategy, which will see more rubbish recycled and the remainder, managed in a more sustainable way. By working together we can ensure our local environments are clean, safe, healthy, accessible and pleasant whilst at the same time be proud of them."

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