What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file, often including a unique identifier, that is sent to your device's browser from a web server and is stored on your device's hard drive.
They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows.
How to control and delete cookies
While considering these matters, please be aware that restricting cookies may impact the functionality of this website.
Regional Environmental Services uses Google Analytics, a free web analytics service provided by Google, to help us understand how our visitors engage with our website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously and it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Analytics uses its own set of cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. This information is used in an aggregated format to compile reports (e.g. to show trends about the general use of our website) and to help us improve the site.
The anonymous information the cookies collect includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. To disable this type of cookie, some browsers will indicate when a cookie is being sent and allow you to decline cookies on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to declining cookies, you can also install the Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on in your browser, which prevents Google Analytics from collecting information about your website visits.