Short Term Strategies
The three main options detailed above will require time for the construction and commissioning of the necessary infrastructure.
However, it is recognized that there are also imminent targets for the skip hire recycling and composting of household waste and that alternative measures will be required to be introduced meanwhile to ensure compliance with these short-term targets.
Short-term measures to promote and increase recycling and composting activities in Cumbria include:
• Waste Minimisation – existing efforts by the County will be expanded and
co-ordinated to develop a countywide waste minimization plan which draws together work being undertaken on education, promotion, formulation, and delivery of waste minimization by the Council, and others;
• Waste Collection – Expansion of segregated collection will be necessary to allow short-term recycling targets with skip hire;
• Waste Composting – The provision of additional composting capacity at local landfill facilities will assist in compliance with short-term recycling/composting targets;
• Civic Amenity Sites – upgrading of existing facilities and the introduction of a number of new facilities should be considered in the short course to facilitate the attainment of the 2021/22 targets and those beyond. The management and operation of civic amenity sites will be reviewed to encourage members of the public using these sites to actively increase the segregation of recyclable and compostable materials;
• ‘Bring’ Sites – Modest expansion of these facilities is proposed to encourage recycling in the more remote areas where kerbside collection is not available.
The main effects at the local level as a result of implementing a waste strategy will include:
• people will become more aware of the waste they produce;
• householders will be asked to participate further in waste avoidance and minimization activities. In the first instance this may be consultation about waste minimization ideas and may develop in form of publicity advising on packaging minimization, home composting etc;
• householders will be encouraged to segregate their waste into separate streams before collection of the skip. This may initially be just glass, garden waste, paper, and the rest or maybe paper, metals, plastics, and the rest. In due course this may be expanded to allow separation of other waste stream components;
• in order to support the above the number of “bring” skip hire trips will be reduced.
• the above may result in a revised schedule of skip hire waste collections;
• civic amenity sites will include better recycling facilities and the community will be asked to segregate their waste prior to arrival at the site;
• the cost of waste disposal will rise as disposal technologies improve and landfill is used for less of the waste stream.