Vision Statement

Our vision is a clean, green, sustainable future for Kirklees with zero waste to landfill and where waste is valued as a resource through re-use, recycling and recovery.

Tackling climate change

Kirklees will be at the forefront of the national drive towards tackling climate change, eliminating waste and valuing resources by empowering our residents to live sustainably.

As a council we will support this by making it as easy as possible for residents and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste resources they don't need anymore.

We all need to take ownership and responsibility for the waste we generate, and make the best decisions on what to do with it.

What we are currently doing

In addition to delivering a kerbside collection service and providing five household waste recycling centres we are also supporting you to look at your waste differently and do things that help us reduce the amount we throw away.

We are helping families to save money and protect the planet by showing them ways to shop smarter and make the most of the products that they buy through our save food, save money workshops.

Local people are trialling new types of composters to help us make an informed choice about how we promote composting in the future.

We are continuing to offer our garden waste collection service to increase recycling and minimise trips to household waste sites, reducing impacts on air quality in our communities.

Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover

The future for Kirklees

Local businesses, entrepreneurs community groups and the council will all work together to develop innovative waste minimisation initiatives through education, advice and help to access appropriate funding.

A visit to a household waste site won't just be about disposing of waste but also reusing it through upcycling opportunities. A new reuse shop will be trialled in Huddersfield.

Unwanted food will be composted at home or collected from the kerbside for treatment. Producing valuable compost to help new plants and carbon absorbing vegetation grow. We will make home composters at an affordable price.

Recycle more

Residents will find recycling much easier, with many more materials collected from the kerbside, including glass.

We will make it easier for residents to recycle difficult items such as nappies, crisp packets, paper cups and cartons by working with specialist recycling companies.

When at school or work you'll be able to recycle more as we increase recycling collection from businesses and schools that use our trade waste service.

The council will lead by example and reduce, reuse and recycle the waste we produce ourselves, and encourage waste minimisation and reusable materials at council held events.

The environmental impact of driving to a household waste and recycling centre will be reduced by the creation of community recycling schemes. Groups of local people will be encouraged to collect high value recyclable items in convenient locations.

When recycling is collected, more will be recycled as everyone understands what materials go in what container. Our advisors will continue to visit areas that are struggling to recycle to help them deal with their waste in the most environmentally friendly way.

Environmental impact

Every decision we make around waste minimisation from reducing waste to recycling will be based on sound environmental evidence to make sure our impact on the climate in minimised. We will be publishing environmental assessments of our processes for everyone to see.

We will continue to produce electricity through the Energy from Waste facility, and we will recover the heat generated from burning our non-recyclable waste to heat our town centre buildings in Huddersfield thanks to investment in a district heat network.

We will make sure we invest in a robust, value for money waste management contract that maximises the value of the materials collected whilst having the lowest possible impact on the climate.

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Kirklees waste strategy - Zero waste Kirklees
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