Waste Management

Introduce ‘smart bins’ and hand out tax cuts to drive up recycling, urges think tank

13.05.19: Local authorities should use a new generation of “smart bins” and council tax cuts to drive up household recycling rates, a think tank’s new report has recommended. Bins fitted with sensors could record household recycling...

Flintshire council takes over litter enforcement services from controversial Kingdom

17.04.19: Flintshire County Council has taken over litter enforcement services in the county and urged residents to “take responsibility” over waste after it cut ties with the controversy-hit Kingdom Services. The waste disposal enforceme...

Milton Keynes Council in £1.75m settlement with contractor after recycling waste contamination

05.04.19: Milton Keynes Council has agreed a £1.75m legal settlement with its waste management contractor following a historic row over the contamination of its recycling waste. This follows claims that up to 25% of the council’s recyclin...

Birmingham City Council accused of ‘unprecedented levels of financial incompetence’ after receiving its third auditor warning

25.03.19: Birmingham City Council has been accused of “unprecedented levels of financial incompetence” after it received its third auditor warning in four years. Finance and governance director Clive Heaphy confirmed that the council had...

Birmingham bin dispute declared ‘over’ but strike action costs city council another £6m

18.03.19: The long-running Birmingham bin dispute appears to be over after the city council approved settlements worth £3,500 for each striking worker as it was revealed that the latest strikes have cost the council more than £5.8m. Unite...

‘Breakthrough’ deal tabled between union and council in Birmingham bin strikes

11.03.19: Birmingham’s long-standing bin strike has been called off after unions said a new agreement had been tabled with the city council that for the first time meets their expectations. Unite said it had cancelled its strike action, which f...

Wirral Council’s ‘aggressive’ waste enforcement contract with Kingdom terminated

08.03.19: Wirral Council has terminated its contract with the waste disposal enforcement firm who were accused of “underhand and aggressive tactics.” The authority suspended its contract with Kingdom last month so that a review of the enf...

Cardiff Council approves plans for council tax rise and over 50 job losses to tackle £32m budget gap

01.03.19: More than £32m of cuts at Cardiff City Council have been given the green light, paving the way for a wave of savings including 55 full-time job losses and a council tax hike of nearly 5% which is likely to increase for each of the next fou...

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 temporarily 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...

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...

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