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.