Dealing with the huge amount of waste generated in Surrey homes is the challenging and costly job undertaken by members of the Surrey Environment Partnership.
Surrey’s plan for waste management (known as the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy) outlines how we do it and on a regular basis we take a fresh look at the strategy and update it. This ensures we’re continuing to manage Surrey’s waste in the best, most cost-effective way.
Following a consultation with residents, a revised strategy was adopted by the partnership in December 2014 and then adopted by Surrey County Council and all 11 district and borough councils in the county. It was further updated in 2015 and this version can be read below along with the 2019/20 Defra Waste Statistics for Surrey and the partnership strategies which aim to reduce fly-tipping and single-use plastics in Surrey.
The Surrey strategies are now due to be reviewed again, but the partnership needs to ensure they align with the new measures that are expected to come in during 2022 and 2023 as part of the new national resources and waste strategy. The measures include plans to:
• Reform the UK packaging producer responsibility system.
• Introduce a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles.
• Mandate a consistent set of materials collected from households for recycling.
• Introduce a ‘plastics tax’ on packaging containing less than 30 per cent recycled plastic.
These measures will change the way in which our waste services are managed and funded. Consultations are due on these measures over the course of 2020, and the outcome of these should provide more detail around how these changes are going to be implemented by Government. Once this is understood, we will review and update our joint strategies.