Thurrock Waste Consultation

In its latest waste strategy, the government has set out how waste management needs to change in order to reduce its impact on the environment. The strategy states that, where possible, we need to prevent waste from occurring in the first place. However, some amount of waste is inevitable and we need to manage it in the most resource efficient way possible.

Thurrock Council is committed to being more environmentally aware, and to increasing the rate of re-use and recycling of household waste. We need to make sure our waste management practices are in line with this commitment. Residents deal with their household waste on a day to day basis, and we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to make our waste collection and disposal processes as convenient as possible. Our current waste strategy, which is due a refresh, will therefore be reviewed and updated.

The council has set up a cross-party Waste Management Working Group (pictured above) which has been established by the Cleaner, Greener, Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee and has committed to reviewing how we currently manage our waste and identify opportunities for improvement. Every aspect of our waste system will be included, from how we collect waste, how it is processed and disposed of, along with the information we provide to residents.

Some of the benefits we hope to achieve by reviewing the waste strategy are:

  1. Increasing the rate of recycling – Only 37% of the household waste that we collect from residents each year is presented as recycling. This is well below the national target of 50% by 2020. The target is set to rise to 65% by 2035.
  2. Lowering our disposal costs – Recycling and composting have lower costs per tonne for disposal. Higher recycling rates mean lower disposal costs.
  3. Reducing the quantity of residual waste collected through smarter recycling and waste reduction
  4. Reducing vehicle emissions – We are all aware of the impact that emissions from large vehicles can have on air quality. By reviewing our collection and disposal practices, we may be able to reduce the number of waste related trips.

The Waste Management Working Group believe resident feedback is vital to help inform our future plans. Together we can create a new vision which will define how we will handle our waste for the years to come.

You can get your feedback to us in several ways. We have created a short survey which covers all aspects of our current system and potential options for changesto it. If you are unable to complete the survey on-line, copies can also beobtained from your local library.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to participate in thisconsultation.


What does this consultation cover?
We will cover four key areas relating to waste and recycling collection and processing.

  1. Recycling – Do you recycle, what can we do to help you recycle more?
  2. Education – How do you currently learn about recycling and how would you like to receive information?
  3. Collections – Frequency, timings, separating waste streams
  4. Processing of waste – What happens to your waste once it has been collected?


Your feedback in these four key areas will help us better understand how you view your waste service and how you want to see it change.

In its latest waste strategy, the government has set out how waste management needs to change in order to reduce its impact on the environment. The strategy states that, where possible, we need to prevent waste from occurring in the first place. However, some amount of waste is inevitable and we need to manage it in the most resource efficient way possible.

Thurrock Council is committed to being more environmentally aware, and to increasing the rate of re-use and recycling of household waste. We need to make sure our waste management practices are in line with this commitment. Residents deal with their household waste on a day to day basis, and we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to make our waste collection and disposal processes as convenient as possible. Our current waste strategy, which is due a refresh, will therefore be reviewed and updated.

The council has set up a cross-party Waste Management Working Group (pictured above) which has been established by the Cleaner, Greener, Safer Overview and Scrutiny Committee and has committed to reviewing how we currently manage our waste and identify opportunities for improvement. Every aspect of our waste system will be included, from how we collect waste, how it is processed and disposed of, along with the information we provide to residents.

Some of the benefits we hope to achieve by reviewing the waste strategy are:

  1. Increasing the rate of recycling – Only 37% of the household waste that we collect from residents each year is presented as recycling. This is well below the national target of 50% by 2020. The target is set to rise to 65% by 2035.
  2. Lowering our disposal costs – Recycling and composting have lower costs per tonne for disposal. Higher recycling rates mean lower disposal costs.
  3. Reducing the quantity of residual waste collected through smarter recycling and waste reduction
  4. Reducing vehicle emissions – We are all aware of the impact that emissions from large vehicles can have on air quality. By reviewing our collection and disposal practices, we may be able to reduce the number of waste related trips.

The Waste Management Working Group believe resident feedback is vital to help inform our future plans. Together we can create a new vision which will define how we will handle our waste for the years to come.

You can get your feedback to us in several ways. We have created a short survey which covers all aspects of our current system and potential options for changesto it. If you are unable to complete the survey on-line, copies can also beobtained from your local library.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to participate in thisconsultation.


What does this consultation cover?
We will cover four key areas relating to waste and recycling collection and processing.

  1. Recycling – Do you recycle, what can we do to help you recycle more?
  2. Education – How do you currently learn about recycling and how would you like to receive information?
  3. Collections – Frequency, timings, separating waste streams
  4. Processing of waste – What happens to your waste once it has been collected?


Your feedback in these four key areas will help us better understand how you view your waste service and how you want to see it change.

Unsure if you can recycle that bottle of salad cream that you just emptied? Or what about that butter tub? Interested in what exactly happens to our waste after we recycle? 

Our Recycling Officer is happy to answer any questions you may have about waste and recycling.

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  • With recycling rates low and the dumping of household furniture high has considertion been made to a) lower the bulky waste charge b) expand on the services provided by the borough's upcycling compsny who 1) didn't bother to come and collect recyclable items after a prolonged period of delays/excuses, In line with other boroughs-some even offer free collection per household per year on one occassion. The council needs to do more to enable its residents to support any waste/recycling initiatives it proposes. I've resd the current Waste Consultation and would comnent 1) why do uou need to complete via your bespoke online account when you can also pick up a paper copy in the library meaning some people like myself who don't want to register will revert to paper form whereas I would've preferred to utilise a digital channel,

    Beth asked 6 days ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Bulky waste collection fees are reviewed annually every April and are kept as low as possible by the Council. Other local councils may be able to offer a reduced or subsidised fee for bulky waste collections and other chargeable services to their residents. Thurrock Council believe the current charges are value for money which are broadly comparable with most other councils within Essex.

    As part of the Household waste Recycling Centre improvements being carried out during this year, we will be discussing the possibility of working closer with charities and other such organisations and look at opportunities to build closer relationships in the future.

    Regarding your last question, we have found that nowadays residents often prefer to communicate with us via online channels. However, as we do want all of our residents to be able to participate in this consultation, we have distributed paper versions for residents that do not have access to a computer or prefer not to complete the survey online for any other reason.

    I hope this helps, please do let me know if you have any further questions.

  • Why has a Landfill project been approved in Stanford le Hope without any prior notice to residents? Using a map that doesn’t even reflect the estate of housing that has been live for 3years (so reflects less objections) and without the correct (and legally required) consultation practice? The residents of Stanford Le Hope and Linford should have been informed and now we ARE aware, an extension of the time required to meet consultation needs should be applied. What is your response?

    DebbieB asked 20 days ago

    Good morning,

    I have checked this with the planning department for you and at the moment there are no plans for a Landfill project known to us. However, the department is currently considering the below application: 

    Ingrebourne Valley Ltd

    Orsett Quarry

    Buckingham Hill Road

    Linford

    Mineral extraction and processing at Orsett Quarry and extension into adjoining land at Walton's Hall Farm, erection of a processing plant and ancillary activities, importation and treatment of reclamation material with progressive restoration to farmland with landscape planting.

    The application is still at a relatively early stage, but will be reported to a future planning committee meeting.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


    Kind regards,
    The Waste Team


  • What are the benefits of seperating food and garden waste? You really have not used this 'consultation' to the full extent of sharing adequate info with those who are bothering to take part. why ask us if we would be willing to seperate like this, for example, but not explain why this would be beneficial? Also add some links to where on your website more info can be found. The council website is shocking for finding any info for anything. Too much info badly laid out that makes it so hard to find the info you want. Also a general lack of communication with the public and lack of means to actually contact people. Stop hiding and actually allow the public to communcate with you, The council works for the people, start improving your communication, rather than hiding away and just doing what you want. The survey should have had more space for comments, or an email provided to send a proper consultation response to you. This is a sham of a consultation

    LBlake asked 17 days ago

    Hello, thank you for your question. I’m sorry to hear that you have difficulties communicating with us. All information on waste and recycling can be find on the ‘Waste & Recycling page’ at www.thurrock.gov.uk. Updates and tips on how to recycle are also shared on our social media pages. If you have any questions regarding waste and recycling, please do not hesitate to contact the waste department waste.streetservices@thurrock.gov.uk and we’ll try our best to answer your questions.

    With regards to the benefits of separating food and garden waste, it has been shown that a big part of our waste is made up of food waste. Research shows that, when collected separately, the amount of food waste that is recycled is significantly higher. This means that a smaller amount of waste ends up being incinerated as general waste, having positive impacts on the environment. 

  • Hi I live in a low rise flat I used to get blue bags because I have no room for two bins but now you have stop doing blue bags so how can I recycle and as the recycling bin men will tell you I have a lot of recycling so how can I do it thank you

    Banjs asked 9 days ago

    Good morning, please can you forward this question including your address and further details onto waste.streetservices@thurrock.gov.uk. and we will make sure that this reaches the right team. Thank you. Kind regards, Lynn

  • I would like to know why Basildon Council will take up to 5 large household items for £10.25 & Thurrock charge £30 to take 3??!! I called the TBC to ask this Q & the genius response I received was that ‘it’s a different borough’. Helpful. Even more frustrating is that I actually live much closer to Basildon. Refuses to pay 3x the amount & fortunately our travelling friends took my old washing machine away. But why 3X the cost of the neighbouring borough?? Shocking.

    CF asked 18 days ago

    Hello, thank you for your question. We are aware of the fact that Basildon Council is able to offer a reduced fee for their bulky waste collections and other chargeable services to their residents. Thurrock Council’s charges for bulky waste collection are in line with other councils within Essex. We are continually looking at chargeable services provided by the council and where possible do consider changes to the fees we charge to residents. However, disposal of bulky waste is very costly for the council and by charging the current amount we are able to cover the costs of disposal and pick up.