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Letter: We need full answers on NFDC waste plans

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SIR – New Forest District Council have embarked on a Draft Waste Strategy which was endorsed by cabinet on 4th November 2020. Although classed as a draft, it appears the only option is wheelie bins to be the introduced to the New Forest area.

Copythorne Parish Council unanimously rejected the wheelie bin option and, instead, offered another solution – re-useable bags for the various categories of waste. These have been used with success for garden waste, why not for other waste?

A number of questions were put to the waste team, most of which involved the additional costs of the new proposed wheelie bin proposal compared to the existing system.

All of the questions regarding costs were answered by: “We have yet to establish these costs.”

This is very disappointing and extremely difficult for householders to express a balanced view on the proposals without these costs being available.

In the interests of openness and transparency, answers to these and other questions should have already been formulated.

If this half-completed report does not contain the necessary answers to reasonably raised questions, the public consultation period should be extended until they are provided.

Increased recycling is required but why is there no Plan B – the use of reusable bags?

Steve Herra,


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