Coun­cil wastes no time in tack­ling its re­cy­cling plan

Re­duc­ing amount of waste sent to land­fill is bor­ough’s aim

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Coun­cil is lead­ing the way to in­crease re­cy­cling across all of west Lon­don, by pro­duc­ing a waste plan across six bor­oughs.

The West Lon­don Waste Plan (WLWP) out­lines how the bor­oughs will tackle waste through the plan­ning process. It aims to sup­port res­i­dents and busi­nesses in cut­ting waste and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the amount be­ing sent to land­fill.

The plan al­lows for re­cy­cling of house­hold waste to reach at least 60% by 2031. For waste from busi­nesses the tar­gets are even higher with an ex­pec­ta­tion that re­cy­cling will reach over 70% by 2020.

Hilling­don Coun­cil lead on the pro­duc­tion of the plan and worked closely with the five other bor­oughs, Eal­ing, Har­row, Brent, Houn­slow and Rich­mond upon Thames.

The plan was also adopted by the Old Oak Com­mon and Park Royal De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion which took re­spon­si­bil­ity for plan­ning in parts of Brent and Eal­ing bor­oughs on April 1.

Leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot said: “I’m de­lighted that this plan has been adopted.

“A lot of work has gone into en­sur­ing that fu­ture fa­cil­i­ties for man­ag­ing waste in west Lon­don will be de­vel­oped in a way that brings max­i­mum ben­e­fits to our busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties.

“Prepa­ra­tion of the plan has in­volved ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents and busi­ness and will lead to a lot less land­fill.

“The plan was ex­am­ined over six months by a Plan­ning In­spec­tor who ul­ti­mately agreed that the plan forms a sound ba­sis on which to make de­ci­sions about how and where waste should be man­aged in west Lon­don. The plan will en­sure there are enough sites to man­age all the waste pro­duced in west Lon­don.

While some of west Lon­don’s waste, es­pe­cially that from house­holds, will con­tinue to be sent out­side of the area, the plan en­sures that the same amount could be man­aged in­side the area and in this way the com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses of west Lon­don are tak­ing full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the waste they pro­duce.

Coun­cil­lor Ju­lian Bell, Leader of Eal­ing Coun­cil, said: “Sus­tain­abil­ity is at the heart of the plan which means that waste will be man­aged over the next 15 years in a way that does not hin­der, and in fact ben­e­fits, as­pi­ra­tions of gen­er­a­tions.

“For ex­am­ple, spe­cific po­lices have been in­cluded to en­sure that im­pacts on cli­mate change will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced and to en­sure that the high­est stan­dards of de­sign and con­struc­tion are achieved.

“This plan is the re­sult of some fan­tas­tic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the bor­oughs in west Lon­don. Pulling to­gether has meant there have been sig­nif­i­cant costs sav­ings in the pro­duc­tion of the plan.”

West Lon­don is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the na­tional econ­omy, con­tribut­ing £32.8 bil­lion in 2011, and the plan will help en­sure that it is served by an ef­fec­tive in­te­grated net­work of waste man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties well into the fu­ture.

the fu­ture

The West Lon­don Waste Plan will now be used by the bor­oughs as the ba­sis for de­ter­min­ing plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for waste re­lated de­vel­op­ment. De­tails of the West Lon­don Waste Plan can be found at the WLWP web­site www.wlwp.net

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