One week left for people to have their say on the future of recycling and waste in Harlow

News / Thu 16th Nov 2023 at 07:58am

WITH one week to go before the consultation ends, people are being urged to have their say on the draft Waste Strategy for Essex 2024-2054.

The draft strategy has been developed by the Essex Waste Partnership – the county and 12 city, district and borough councils in Essex.

It has the waste hierarchy – prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal – at its heart. This will help to ensure the correct decisions are made about waste and the services developed over the next 30 years. 

By prioritising waste reduction and moving to a circular economy, we can protect the environment and save resources.

More than 4,200 people have already shared their views. Once finalised, the strategy will rely on everyone playing a part to reach the ambitious targets. It’s therefore vital that as many people as possible help to inform it at this stage. 

Councillor Peter Schwier, Chairman of the Essex Waste Partnership, said: “We have seen a fantastic response to the consultation to date and some key themes coming through. I’d urge those who haven’t already had their say to share their views before the deadline. There are lots of ways you can take part in the consultation and support available to ensure you can have your say.”

The deadline for responses to the consultation is Wednesday 22 November. Postal responses will be accepted for five working days following the deadline.

More information and access to the consultation is available here: essex.gov.uk/wastestrategy

The survey is available in different formats, including an Easy Read version, large print, and Braille. Telephone appointments or paper copies are also available for those who are unable to complete the survey online. 

For support filling in the consultation or to request it in an alternative format, please call 0345 6037625. 


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10 Comments for One week left for people to have their say on the future of recycling and waste in Harlow:

2023-11-16 11:01:53

I suggest book only say Friday to Monday inclusive and anytime between Tuesday to Thursday for what it's worth.E.C.C. Will claim successful trial with no increase in fly tipping !!!!! Mmmmm... It's a costly process taking up much resources

2023-11-16 18:51:20

Really can not see the point of booking or anything that discourages use of the site, like refusing to accept types of waste that households produce because fly tipping costs us so much more. The recycling centres should be exactly that and places where repair and refurbishing businesses can operate.

Al gafar
2023-11-16 21:28:06

I believe the booking system is an improvement on the bun fight which was a night mare ,please keep the booking system !

Jennifer Lambeth
2023-11-16 23:17:14

Total lunacy to have a booking system for a recycling centre. Do Essex County Council really think people will book to off load their rubbish? Probably not, as seen by all the fly tipping at Jack's Hatch and Nazeing Common. Have some sense and go back to how it used to be.

2023-11-16 23:46:22

I've struggled so much this year due to the booking system. Everytime I try it always needs to be next day or more in advance. I don't currently have transport and with the current crisis of living I can't afford to use the heavy squad (although had no choice in the end to remove an old sofa as it was the only option for me at the time) I've still got some other stuff that needs removing sooner rather than later, but still so much more within the house and garden, but heavy squad are too expensive, can't afford man with a van, can't hire 1 as large deposit needed and family and friends can manage some bits, but mainly at short notice, which is no good for the booking system. But I'd still be left with the larger items. Would certainly make my life, anxiety and depression a lot easier if there was no booking system again, would certainly help with the increase in fly tipping which would cost the council less to employ more staff for the tip as less would be needed to clear up the mess or even employ more heavy squad and reduce the costing as you would make so much more money this way as more people would use this service 🤔

2023-11-17 00:06:15

The increase in fly tipping is self evident Just go back to how it was People twiddling their thumbs obviously came up with this stupid idea of booking a slot at the dump For god's sake

Darren Ellison
2023-11-17 00:10:32

I'm pleased that Essex and East Hertfordshire can together in the end as it was a nightmare for the people who live just on the boards. I don't agree with the pre booking at all l can see the bigger picture in this where we will be monitored on our usage by an algorithm and eventually be changed for not being greener to the environment. Another form of taxation in the near future to generate more revenue. I did notice an increase in fly tipping down Ridricks lane when the pre booking started and that l feel was due to the people of East Hertfordshire not being able to use the Harlow recycling centre. I personally don't feel it should still be in place and that the recycling centre should have a facility for repairs so that items that are broken can re used again. Savage products would be a far better advantage instead of just throwing them away.

Mrs B Moorecroft
2023-11-17 07:13:20

Like the suggestion that area for items which could be repaired/refurbished as per The Repair Shop or similar. Facility for larger items to be placed for refurbishing ie Money for Nothing !?

Gary Scott
2023-11-17 07:18:46

Once again not listening to the people, it's a rubbish centre to take our rubbish, maybe we should stop people from Herts and other areas, but all it does is create more fly tipping, in our estates, Nichollsfield has 6 old fridges dumped, still no council clear up ,but if they were allowed in the tip they wouldn't be there, oh just found a sofa out side the tower nice!!!!!

David Uzosike
2023-11-17 07:29:48

Avoid fly tipping, open the rubbish dump for all residents to empty their rubbish. Further bureaucracy will increase fly tipping in our County

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