Test Valley Borough Council launched its online WasteWise community at the end of last month, to gather feedback from residents about waste and recycling in the borough.

Across Test Valley the recycling rate is 32 per cent, and the council would like to find out why that is and what it can do to help residents to recycle more. The council is running the WasteWise project in conjunction with a digital research company called ResearchBods.

The online community went live on 28 September and will run until 23 October 2015. More than 140 residents signed up to WasteWise, and their feedback, which will be gathered through a series of online activities and discussions, will be used by the council to help improve its services.

Environmental portfolio holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “Working with ResearchBods provides a great opportunity to explore a new way of engaging with our residents. I am delighted that the WasteWise community is now up and running and look forward to gathering feedback from our residents over the next few weeks.”

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