This Resources and Waste Strategy 2021 sets out our ambitions for the future in detail. Together we can reach a carbon neutral Kirklees.
Our overall vision for Kirklees is to be a district that combines a strong, sustainable economy with a great quality of life - leading to thriving communities, growing businesses, high prosperity, and low inequality where people enjoy better health throughout their lives.
One of our shared outcomes to achieve our vision, is that people in Kirklees experience a high quality, clean and green environment. Our built and natural environment contributes to people's quality of life and makes the district a more attractive place in which to live and invest.
We want to connect people and places, improve air quality and be resilient in the face of extreme weather, as well as helping people reduce waste and recycle more.
Tied into our corporate vision and outcomes, our vision for waste management 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."
Kirklees' ambition is to 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 enable our residents and businesses to reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste. For us to achieve this, we will need to work together and take ownership and responsibility for the waste we generate and make more sustainable decisions on what we do with it.
We shared our vision with the people of Kirklees in 2020 and this strategy sets out our pathway to a zero-waste future, based on the views and ambitions shared with us by our communities.
Our ambitions: How we will achieve zero waste to landfill
Minimise waste through:
- Thorough engagement with residents and businesses
- Education in schools, colleges and universities
- Promoting a circular economy.
Promote the reuse of items through:
- A reuse shop
- Partnering with charities
Increase recycling through:
- Increased kerbside collections (glass, plastics and food)
- More materials at household waste recycling centres
- Offering recycling collections to businesses
- Improving litter recycling.
Our 12 month and 5 year pledges
Within the 12 months up to November 2022 we will deliver:
- May 2021: Food waste workshops
- September 2021: A Recycling Champions scheme
- September 2021: A new recycling collection to our commercial waste service
- November 2021: A reuse shop in Huddersfield
- February 2022: A composting scheme
- March 2022: Improved litter facilities
- April 2022: A new bulky waste collection system
- May 2022: An improved flytipping response model
- November 2022: A trial of kerbside glass collections.
Between 2022 and 2026 we will deliver:
- 90% diversion from landfill
- More reuse workshops
- A Community Reward Scheme
- More plastics collected at the kerbside
- Re-procurement of our waste disposal contract
- A separate kerbside glass collection
- A separate kerbside food waste collection
- A Huddersfield town centre heat network.