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Household recycling set for change across New Forest in drive to cut waste

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A TWIN recycling stream looks set to be introduced across the New Forest as part of new county-wide moves to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Under the revised Project Integra Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS), which will only be adopted if all of Hampshire's 14 authorities approve it, local households will separate paper and card from containers made of glass, plastic and metal.

New Forest District Council's ruling cabinet agreed at its latest meeting on Wednesday to recommend the plan be approved by full council.

NFDC residents currently put all recycling apart from glass into a clear bag
NFDC residents currently put all recycling apart from glass into a clear bag

In a report to members, officers said the change would require the "redevelopment of infrastructure" that deals with recyclables to enable it to handle glass and a wider range of plastics.

The introduction of a two stream collection should also reduce contamination rates, which in Hampshire currently stands at 16%.

"Materials in the wrong containers can cause processing problems at the materials recovery facilities, with whole loads of recycling sometimes having to be rejected," said the report. "It is anticipated that contamination will reduce with the segregation of paper and card from other materials.

Cllr Steve Davies, cabinet member for environment, said the changes were "key to reducing waste and increasing recycling".

"I cannot commend this highly enough," he said.

Cllr Jeremy Heron said he was pleased to see authorities coming together from across the county to work on the strategy collaboratively "rather than in isolation".

NFDC is currently working on its own draft waste strategy, which looks likely to see the introduction of wheelie bins and separate, weekly food waste collections.

The council has been seeking feedback on its plan for a rubbish and recycling collection operating on alternate weeks, with bins used for glass, plastic and metal along with general waste, and reusable bags used for paper and card.

"The council's own draft strategy aligns with the direction of travel across Hampshire – for example with regard to two-stream collections, food waste, and waste prevention," concluded the report.

A final decision will be made at NFDC's next full council meeting on Monday at 6.30pm.

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