Community waste and recycling panel launched

Members of the public with an interest in recycling attended the Forest of Dean District Council’s very first community waste and recycling panel meeting this week.

Held on the evening of 20 November at the council’s offices in Coleford, residents were able to find out more about their current waste and recycling services - including the decision making process behind what is collected at the kerbside and the roles and responsibilities of the district council - as well as put forward ideas about the sort of waste and recycling services they would like to see in the future.

Councillor Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for Environment, Wildlife, Heritage and Culture at the Forest of Dean District Council said:  ‘The willingness of residents to get involved and their enthusiasm for the subject highlights just how much interest there is about the services the district council provides and in particular how the council manages the district’s waste and recycling.’ 

‘We all have a part to play in protecting the environment and documentaries such as the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 have helped raise the profile of the consequences we can expect to face if we fail to get it right.  While the district council recycles or composts a very respectable 56% of all the household waste it collects, we hope by working together with the community we can continue to improve, be more transparent about what we do and ultimately be better placed to rise to these difficult challenges.’

‘We would like to thank all members of the public that gave their time to attend.  Some very interesting points around waste reduction, promotion and education and reuse initiatives were raised by the panel and these topics will now set the focus of our future meetings.’

The panel will meet at least three times a year.  Details of future meetings will be published on this website.


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