Project Integra - Hampshire's integrated waste management partnership

Origins of the Partnership

At the end of the 1980s it became clear that Hampshire was facing a waste disposal crisis, as landfill space was rapidly filling up, incinerators built in the 1970s were not going to meet new EU emission regulations, and waste volumes were continuing to increase.

In 1993 Hampshire County Council and the 13 district councils undertook a county wide public consultation process to take account of the views of Hampshire residents  on how to deal with the waste problem.  Links were established within a wider network including Parish Councillors, Community Groups and Education and these links are maintained.

The consultation process resulted in the introduction of an integrated waste management strategy, known as Project Integra, adopted by the 11 district councils of Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton unitary authorities, Hampshire County Council, and the private waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services, Hampshire.

In 2001 the partner authorities set up a Joint Committee (the Project Integra Management Board) in order to increase clarity, accountability and respond in a more effective and co-ordinated way to new challenges.

The effectiveness of the Board was reviewed during 2005/6 in parallel with the development of the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy (JMWMS).  A number of important evolutions were agreed by the partner authorities:

  • the Constitution of the Board was amended;
  • the Board became the Project Integra Strategic Board to underline its strategic, rather than operational, role;
  • the objective of the Board mirrors that in the JMWMS;
  • to provide a long-term solution for dealing with Hampshire's household waste in an environmentally sound, cost effective and reliable way.  Success in achieving this depends on joint working between all the parties in the best interests of the community at large.

In 2012, the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy was refreshed, and the following three priority areas were outlined:

  • Customer Focus
  • Value for Money
  • Environmental Sustainability.

The operational focus for PI activities was one of working to reduce costs across the whole system through:

  • Waste prevention
  • Recycling and performance improvements
  • Reducing landfill
  • Training
  • Joint working between authorities