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Waste management strategy
Medway Council is unique in Kent, as no other single local
authority has responsibility for both waste collection and waste
disposal. This dual responsibility brings with it a number of
advantages not readily available elsewhere in the county. The
council proposes to maximise the opportunity this provides to move
towards sustainable waste management in Medway.
The council has a vision for Medway, which has been translated
through the Corporate Plan into the waste management strategy. An
important component of the future is to improve Medway's
Download the Waste strategy (pdf
There have been many changes relating to waste in recent years -
for instance the Waste Strategy for England 2007, which is
available at www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm70/7086/7086.asp.
The published strategy covers issues relating to waste
collection and disposal and includes Medway's recycling plan. It
identifies further improvements that are available and explains how
the council intends to achieve greater sustainability in waste
Waste management services cost Medway Council over £14million
per annum. These services have a bearing on the everyday lives of
all people in Medway. Consequently, the strategy was subject to
wide consultation. The feedback received from the community,
business and industrial sectors was used to establish the waste
management strategy as a firm foundation from which to deliver more
sustainable waste services in the future.
The way waste is managed in the future will be subject to many
technological and legislative changes. Central to all these changes
will be the need to reduce the amount of waste produced and
maximise the recycling of waste materials where practical. To
ensure that the Medway strategy remains appropriate and that the
council is making the required progress, it will be subject to
regular monitoring and review.