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Hampshire wide waste disposal practices could change amid New Forest District Council debate on new 'twin stream' recycling system

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CHANGES to waste disposal practices that could see all New Forest homes move to a new twin stream recycling system are set to be debated by the district council’s cabinet.

But the top table discussions on the Hampshire-wide Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS), on Wednesday 6th October, will not feature the potential introduction of wheelie bins – that is part of a separate NFDC strategy.

The JMWMS has been created with the input of local councils and 14 district and borough authorities must give it the green light for it to get the green light.

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

Its key priorities include a commitment to move to a ‘twin-stream’ system for recycling that would mean paper and card would be collected from one container, and glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, tubs and trays, metal tins and cans from another.

The strategy also highlights the likelihood the government will require authorities to provide separate, weekly food waste collections within the next few years.

NFDC said that would be a "critical step" towards increasing the district’s recycling rate and reducing levels of non-recyclable waste.

The aim is to reduce the overall carbon impact of Hampshire’s waste disposal services, and comply with forthcoming legislation.

Any potential changes will set the groundwork for potential future changes to the waste and recycling collections within the New Forest, which the district council has responsibility for. HCC oversees waste disposal.

Collection policies – such as the potential introductions of wheelie bins – are being considered within NFDC’s own waste strategy, which is still being put together.

Cllr Steve Davies, NFDC cabinet member for environment and coastal services, said: "This will be vital as we look to finalise a NFDC waste strategy which will detail changes to how we collect household waste and recycling, and how we will support our residents to reduce their waste and increase their recycling."

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