Waste Management

Council’s waste collection privatisation to lead to 50 job losses, GMB claims

01.11.17: Councillors in Newtownabbey and Antrim have voted to outsource bin collections, something that unions argue will mean a number of workers being made unemployed. The GMB has argued that this decision will mean 50 jobs being cut by the authority...

Councils need ‘hard-hitting’ powers to tackle soaring fly-tipping rates

20.10.17: Instances of fly-tipping have reached one million over the past year and the problem is becoming more and more common. Figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that there has been a 7% increase...

Neighbourhood services: truly the politics of place

15.06.17: Paul O’Brien, chief executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), explores the impact of austerity on neighbourhood services, and warns of the consequences of this continuing downward trajectory in funding which risks...

Council cuts lead to ‘alarming’ drop in pest control responses

07.06.17: Cuts to council budgets have led to a sharp drop in the number of pest control issues responded to by local authorities, it has today been revealed. A Freedom of Information (FoI) investigation by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA)...

Litterers to face heavy fines or community service under new strategy

10.04.17: Litterers could be slapped with fines of up to £150 or face community service as part of a new government drive to crackdown on rubbish covering the country’s roads, pavements and green areas. The guidance released today in the...

Sheffield council considers cancelling waste contract 20 years early

11.01.17: A waste contract intended to run until 2036 could be cancelled early as Sheffield City Council struggles to balance its budget, potentially putting 180 jobs at risk. The council said the contract with Veolia, signed in 2001, no longer offer...

Councils hail ‘huge victory’ on waste VAT exemption

23.09.16: Councils will be able to keep their exemption from VAT on commercial waste collections following a High Court ruling. The High Court rejected the judicial review challenge from a commercial waste company yesterday. The LGA had previous...

Bristol opts for integrated waste service

15.08.16: Bristol City Council has appointed Bristol Waste Company (BWC) to provide the city with an integrated waste service over the next 10 years. BWC, a limited company, wholly owned by Bristol Holding Company Limited, which is a company wholly o...

Local authorities given new on-the-spot powers to fight fly-tipping

09.05.16: From today, councils in England and Wales will be able to fight fly-tipping by fining offenders up to £400 on the spot. The fixed-penalty notices will be issued by council enforcement officials for dumping of small-scale items such as...

Councils and Whitehall team up for first national litter strategy

07.12.15: Councils and partners will work with central government on the country’s first-ever national litter clampdown to ensure a joined-up approach to the growing issue. Whitehall announced the launch of the national strategy this weekend as...

Councils need more powers to stop fly-tippers and should work with shops – LGA

26.10.15: Local authorities must get more effective powers to deter fly-tippers and should team up with major supermarkets to tackle the growing number of dumped trolleys, which cost councils up to £50m per year, the LGA has said. Citing govern...

More money going on fly-tipping when it could fund critical services – LGA

01.09.15: Fly-tipping across England is continuing to rise, with the cost to councils escalating, new figures show.  A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association to more than 200 councils, who gave information for the past three fin...

Bury recycling rates tops charts due to pioneer scheme

07.08.15: Bury has cut its landfill waste by nearly 4,000 tonnes and increased its recycling rate by over 10% since becoming the first council in the country to adopt a controversial three-weekly grey bin collection policy last year. Figures for May...

Fly-tipping levels and costs at a record high

27.07.15: Local authorities are urging retailers to provide ‘take back’ services after spending millions of pounds annually clearing up bulky waste and enforcing against record fly-tipping levels. Latest figures show that councils had to...

Councils account for highest variation in local recycling

27.07.15: Factors within councils’ own control – not just demographics – account for most of the variation of recycling rates across the UK, research by resource efficiency experts WRAP has shown. WRAP identified these influenc...

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