People are being urged to complete a questionnaire, called ‘Your Waste, Your View’, which will be delivered with the August edition of Your Peterborough and can also be found online at www.peterborough.co.uk/page-7846. By completing the form, residents will be helping the city council plan and deliver an attractive and environmentally friendly city, as well as giving themselves a chance of winning a 37cm Philips DVD TV.
Residents have already helped shape the 2002 waste strategy by taking part in a consultation in 2001. This resulted in the introduction of a user-friendly kerbside collection for recyclable material, and more information being made available to raise awareness of the waste and recycling issues.
Michelle Willoughby, waste strategy officer at Peterborough City Council, said: “Since the 2002 waste strategy, kerbside recycling schemes have been expanded resulting in over 40 per cent of all domestic waste being recycled or composted between April and July 2006.
“This is higher than the national average and will continue to increase as more types of materials are collected. A number of public awareness campaigns have also been organised, including Slim Your Bin, and national incentives such as Compost Awareness Week and The Big Recycle.”
Under the EU Landfill Directive, councils must reduce the volume of biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill to 75 per cent of 2001 levels by 2010; to 50 per cent by 2013; and to 35 per cent by 2020.
If Peterborough does nothing to meet its targets, it will face fines of £150 per tonne for the excess - equal to £1 million annually in 2009/10, £3.5 million in 2012/13 and £6 million in 2019/20. In addition, it would have to pay its share of an EU penalty on the UK of up to £500,000 per day.
Michelle said: “Peterborough’s residents have shown excellent commitment to kerbside recycling, garden waste collections and other initiatives. However, there is still more that can be done to meet long term targets for reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. We are now starting to consider what new waste facilities are needed to deal with the black bin waste.”
The city council is investigating different waste treatment facilities that compliment the existing, successful recycling and composting initiatives to divert waste away from landfill. The questionnaire is just one part of the consultation process, which runs from Monday 24 July to Friday 18 August. Community visits will also be carried out and officers will be on hand at the Bretton Festival on Saturday 12 August and the Mela at Gladstone Park on Monday 14 August.