Waste Management

Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

18.02.19: The government has launched plans to overhaul the country’s waste system, with packaging producers potentially being required to cover the full cost of dealing with their waste and also facing a new tax for plastic packaging. A series...

Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

15.02.19: Wirral Council has suspended a contract with an enforcement firm after a raft of complaints around improper fines to businesses. The council’s cabinet member for environment Anita Leech announced she had directed that the current enfo...

Council to consider scrapping Amey super contract after report reveals public services failings

12.02.19: Trafford Council chiefs are considering ripping up a ‘super contract’ it has with a private firm to carry out a mass of council services over 20 years after a review has revealed a catalogue of failings and “high-level issues.&...

Refuse worker strike action to be ‘escalated’ in Birmingham City Council’s bin row

04.02.19: A new all-out bin strike in Birmingham is now imminent after the Unite union has promised that industrial action “will be escalated” after talks failed to settle the dispute with the city council. Unite has given Birmingham City...

Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

18.01.19: Birmingham City Council is seeking a court injunction against refuse workers striking against fortnightly rubbish collections, sparking the cabinet member for clean streets, waste and recycling to resign in protest. Majid Mahmood, a member...

China ban adds £500,000 in recycling contamination costs to councils

22.10.18: Tighter recycling contamination restrictions in the wake of China’s imported waste ban have directly hit at least a fifth of councils, the LGA has revealed. China’s restrictions on imports of mixed paper and certain types of pla...

Council controversially begins first monthly bin collection in England and Wales

25.09.18: Monthly bin collections have been introduced for the first time in England and Wales by Conwy County Council, despite major complaints from residents over piles of waste, rats and fly-tipping. The North Wales council rolled out the controve...

North west authority aims to be first in the country to take local control over water supply

31.01.18: A council in the north west of England has applied to the national water regulator for a license to deal directly with United Utilities on water and sewage. Blackpool Council says it will achieve savings of nearly £200,000 in the firs...

Councils could get new powers to crack down on £57m fly-tipping concerns

15.01.18: The government could be about to extend powers to councils allowing them to fine people who use unauthorised disposal companies. Following a consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), authorities would b...

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...

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‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

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Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

18/02/2019Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

The government has launched plans to overhaul the country’s waste system, with packaging producers potentially being required to cover the ... more >
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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

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‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

18/02/2019‘Enough is enough’: Powys County Council speaks out against cuts and demands fair deal from government

A Welsh authority set to increase its council tax by nearly 10% has publicly spoken out about the unfair funding formula for councils, and has urged the first minister to enter talks to deliver &... more >
Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

18/02/2019Plastic packaging tax and weekly food collections in plans for government overhaul of national waste system

The government has launched plans to overhaul the country’s waste system, with packaging producers potentially being required to cover the full cost of dealing with their waste and also fac... more >

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

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One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

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The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
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