We are making positive progress with Resources and Waste Strategy

After just six months of implementing our Resources and Waste Strategy, we are proud to say we are making significant progress toward our goal of creating a greener district in Kirklees.

The Strategy, which was approved in September 2021, covers all waste management and recycling operations up to 2030. It sets out a structured plan for us to radically revise the way waste is managed in the district. As well as, turning Kirklees into a leading Local Authority when it comes to recycling, reuse, and the reduction of waste.

In just six short months we have:

  • Announced the launch of the collection of plastic pots, tubs, and trays in green bins
  • Launched a new Commercial Recycling Service which has been taken up by 119 schools and 137 businesses across the District
  • Maintained the popularity of our garden waste recycling service with over 20,000 users
  • Established Reuse facilities at two Household Waste Recycling Centres, one in Huddersfield the other in Dewsbury
  • Launched the Recycling Champions group with over 60 residents signed up as volunteers
  • Run a series of Save Food Save Money Workshops

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for the Environment welcomed the review but pointed to much more to come in Kirklees in saying:

“When we launched the Strategy, we said things had to change to bring about change, and that is happening thanks to the action we are taking. The collecting of pots, tubs and trays is the first time in over ten years that we’ve introduced new materials to domestic recycling collections. The two pilot Reuse Facilities have been a big hit with residents, as have the food waste workshops. Our new Recycling Champions are really enthusiastic about making a difference to our recycling rates. Schools and businesses are also responding very positively to our engagement with them.

“In the coming months we will be launching new Composting and Littering programmes. As well as introducing a Bulky Waste booking system. We are putting in place plans to deal with fly-tipping and taking on the irresponsible dog owners that allow their pets to leave mess on our streets and parks.

 

“We have made good progress, but there is much more to do. With greater engagement from our residents, schools and businesses we will make Kirklees a cleaner and greener place to live.”

 

Find out more

View the Resources and Waste Strategy.

Schools or businesses wanting more information on the recycling service can find it on our webpage.

Find out more about Recycling Champions.