All four South Yorkshire councils are joining forces to plan how to manage waste across the county and they want to hear from local people to help them shape these plans.
Sheffield City Council is working together with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham to produce a South Yorkshire Waste Strategy to deal with the challenges of managing waste over the next five years and have today launched a major consultation to enable local people to have their say.
The strategy will look at the long term plans of managing waste and the ways that services and resources can be used more effectively across the region. It will not include the day-to-day detail around household bin-collection services, which will continue to be planned at a local level.
Waste is a huge environmental challenge. South Yorkshire generates half a million tonnes of recycling, composting and non-recyclable household waste each year. Every year South Yorkshire councils collect nearly 15m black and grey bins from more than 565,000 households.
Much of this waste could be prevented, re-used, recycled or composted. What people throw away could be a resource to help grow the economy and protect and improve the environment.
All four councils want to hear from local residents and businesses to help them decide on their priorities and how they will go about achieving them.
The results will be analysed and incorporated into a new South Yorkshire Waste Strategy which will be launched in the Autumn.