We asked people who live and work in the borough, as well as staff and statutory bodies, what they thought about the Draft Recycling and Waste Strategy.
We received and processed 96 questionnaires and responses; 73 from the general public and interested groups and statutory bodies through Engage Barnet; 21 through engagement with front line staff, and four from elected Members.
You told us that you agreed with the four key aims of the strategy, and that you strongly supported the principles of the waste hierarchy, especially recycling. The importance of good communications was very strongly highlighted. You strongly agreed that new developments in Barnet should be designed to enable their new residents to recycle 70% of their waste, both through recycling facilities outside the flat and suitable storage for recycling and waste inside the flats.
When asked about recycling and waste outside of the home you strongly agreed that businesses should have and use recycling facilities.
In relation to specific assumptions on waste growth, 49% believed that that as the economy becomes stronger people are more likely to have more waste. Likewise 49% did not agree that households with fewer people in them, i.e. couples or a single person, produce more waste per person. When combined with the comments it seems that a number of their views may be due to a belief that waste production cannot be generalised in this way, or based on their own experiences.
Your feedback gave us significant information on the draft Municipal Recycling and Waste Strategy and helped us to finalise the strategy, and create an action plan. Based on feedback we will keep the aims of the draft strategy and embed them and the waste hierarchy within the action plan and development of recycling and waste services. The action plan includes the implementation of a new recycling scheme for commercial waste, and ensures that all of our business customers recycle. We will also embed increased communication into the strategy action plan, to increase behavioural change. We will also further explore other options for increasing recycling through alternative collection methods, utilising feedback from the consultation.
The final strategy was approved and adopted at the Environment Committee meeting on 12th May 2016.