Plans to deliver a long term strategy that will seek to reduce Basildon's environmental impact and provide a service fit for the future will be discussed by councillors.

The Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee will meet on Wednesday 27 November to decide whether to support steps to develop a waste strategy for the borough and bring back a delivery plan to a future committee.

The aim of the strategy is to begin the process of understanding how the council can use data to create a more efficient, environmentally sound service. The strategy also aims to explore ways to provide a service that matches the ambition of the council in terms of delivering high performance with residents and businesses at its heart, and meets the challenges of the next ten years.

Chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee Councillor David Harrison said: "There is not a day that goes by when we do not see more evidence of the impact human behaviour has on the environment. We all have a role to play in minimising this, and to provide services that meet our ambitions and help residents to reduce their environmental impact. We face unprecedented challenges but we have the opportunity to make sure that all our operations are cost effective, efficient and provide good outcomes for your immediate environment, and the wider environment.

"We are currently running an analogue service in a digital world and things have to change. We will be using the knowledge and data on our borough to drive forward a strategy that can meet the needs of our residents whilst meeting our legislative and social responsibilities."

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Published on Wednesday 20 November 2019