The Lincolnshire Waste Partnership (LWP) aims to:
- Provide innovative, customer-friendly waste management.
- Seek the best environmental options.
- Give value for money to Lincolnshire residents.
In Lincolnshire, the Waste Collection Authorities are the City of Lincoln, Borough and District Councils, and collect all waste and recycling in the county which is then delivered to the county council, the Waste Disposal Authority, who arrange for its treatment or disposal through a combination of solutions including: reuse where possible; delivery to recyclers and composters; mechanical sorting facilities; energy from waste; and landfill.
In delivering on objectives set for their Waste Strategy for Lincolnshire, they seek to address key issues including:
- National policy — In December 2018 the Government published its new national waste and resources strategy for England.
- Food waste — The national strategy proposes weekly food waste collections from 2023, in preparation they have been running a trial for food waste collections in South Kesteven to understand the challenges this may bring. They are seeking a sustainable and renewable solution which will be explored over the next few years.
- Plastics — Since the adoption of the Lincolnshire strategy, the world has seen a blaze of interest in plastic waste and how the recycling we collect is handled. Media investigations have challenged waste management practices and raised the profile of accountability and social responsibility.
- Waste crime — The Environment Agency (EA) has an open invitation to LWP meetings providing advice and guidance, the LWP also support the EA in waste crime operations in the county.
- Recycling quality — A separated paper and card collection trial in place from September 2019 with the aim of avoiding any contact with liquids and food, keeping it clean and dry, means they can meet high quality standards of the paper mills who recycle waste paper and card saving vital natural resources. The trial has been a great success and plans are underway to expand collections to more areas in Lincolnshire.
- The wider environment — Driving many miles to collect and dispose of waste increases the carbon footprint for their transport operations so they have worked to optimise routes and are investigating how, in the longer term, they can change to different vehicle fuels to reduce their CO2 emissions.