Bath and North East Somerset Council
adopts Zero Waste Vision
Bath and North East
Somerset Council is leading the field by becoming the first local authority
in the UK to put Zero Waste at the heart of its policies on waste.
The Councils long-term
vision is to eliminate waste altogether, rather than simply manage
it. Bath & North East Somerset has pipped all other authorities in the UK to
the post in making this radical move.
Zero Waste aims to ensure
that all products are made from materials which can be either repaired,
re-used or recycled. This means that at the end of their life there is no
residual waste to be disposed of. This will result
in massive savings in cash terms and an equally
impressive reduction in damage to our environment.
Of course local
authorities alone cannot achieve Zero Waste, but they can set an example to
Government and industry by using their influence with the public to exert
pressure for this revolutionary change in the way
Although Zero Waste may
not yet be fully attainable and is a challenging target, simply by
adopting it as a long-term goal there will be a change in attitude throughout
the production chain. Indeed there is likely to be
a move away from the throw away culture in
society to one which demands quality longer life goods where production makes
little impact on our fragile environment.
Bath and North East
Somerset Council will need to work closely with residents in the area in order
to enlist their support for this radical change to
Zero Waste, just as it has done, in partnership with Bath
and North East Somerset Community Recycling in the Green Box scheme.
Bath & North East Somerset is already a Beacon
council for waste and Zero Waste should ensure that the authority
remains a leading council in this field.
This is a bottom up
policy, which we hope will influence national government and local,
regional and national companies to also adopt Zero Waste as a long- term aim.
Issued by: Bath
and North East Somerset Council Press Office 10 December 2001
Bath and North East Somerset Council 2001