Council to review Retford recycling facilities to ensure they meet residents’ needs

A strategic review of Retford Recycling Centre is to be carried out by Nottinghamshire County Council to ensure it continues to meet the increasing needs of the town’s growing population.

Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 6:04 pm

Th council will be carrying out reviews at all 12 of its sites in the county, assessing on-site access, facilities, and capacity in order to highlight any potential opportunities for improvement.

The review will also help place the council in a strong position to meet the requirements of the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy for England and the Environment Act, which encourages re-use and recycling and includes proposals which will change and increase the range and amount of material collected at the kerbside.

During 2019-20, 87,000 tonnes of waste was collected across the council’s 12 recycling centres of which approximately 80 per cent was sent for recycling or composting.

Retford Recycling Centre, managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, on Hallcroft Road, Retford. Credit: Google Maps

Coun Neil Clarke MBE (Con), chairman of the council’s transport and environment committee, said: “It’s great that we have managed to recycle and compost 80 per cent of the waste collected and I would like to thank residents for their recycling efforts, as well as the staff that manage and run our recycling centres across the county.

"We still need to do more and the best place to start is by reducing the amount of household waste we produce.

“We know our recycling centres are a valuable resource for the community and we want to help residents to reduce and manage their waste, continue to recycle as much as possible, and to support the environment and minimise the impact we each have on it.

“By carrying out this review we will be able to identify whether our recycling facilities are in the best possible locations with enough capacity to serve residents, especially in light of the new communities that are emerging across the county.

"It will also show us how we can enhance the existing high-quality service to help us to meet any obligations arising from the new Environment Act and also achieve our own ambitions to be carbon neutral in all our activities by 2030.”

The review is expected to take three months to complete with a report back to committee, outlining recommendations and next steps, before the summer recess.

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