Resource Cumbria is a partnership between Cumbria's seven councils that aims to make a world of difference by focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling waste - and demonstrating that the creation of waste, is in fact an inappropriate use of resources - whether they are natural resources, financial resources or your own time. And waste can also be used as a resource when it is reprocessed.
The challenge for us is not straightforward. The issue of waste and resource management is complex. Cumbria has historically suffered from some of the highest levels of household waste in the country and this is at a time when we face significant fines if we landfill biodegradable waste in excess of targets set by the government. Not only do we need to encourage individuals and communities to reduce the amount of waste they create in the first place; find markets and ways to reprocess recyclable materials; we ultimately will have to determine how best to tackle the amount of waste that does require treatment and disposal.