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Councils' waste warning during coronavirus crisis

02.04.20: The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has issued a warning of a ‘wave of waste’ to come after concerns of ‘spiralling’ household waste in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Local councils are expecting a spike i...

UK’s biggest eco-friendly refuse fleet worth £3.4m to launch in Liverpool

20.02.20: The UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles is being launched in Liverpool tomorrow (Feb 21) by Mayor Joe Anderson. The fleet of 20 vehicles, powered by Biomethane, a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), will drastically help to c...

Three Norfolk councils agree joint £250m waste services contract

10.12.19: Three Norfolk councils have agreed behind closed doors a waste contract worth £250m, having agreed to purse a joint waste services contract back in 2017. The three councils are Breckland Council, North Norfolk District Council an...

£1m boost to tackle illegal waste removal in the UK

22.10.19: The Government has announced today (Oct 22) that up to £1m in funding is being awarded to fight waste crime in the UK. The money will also go towards preventing illegal waste from being shipped abroad by using smart waste tracking. ...

Cambridge City Council joins plastic pledge action

18.10.19: Cambridge City Council has got on board with the Cambridge Plastic Pledge, urging local businesses and organisations to make a change this year to reduce their single-use plastic contribution. Various organisations in the area, such as Visi...

Zero-waste economies positive for cities and people, says report

28.06.19: A report by Circle Economy shows that cities which encourage circular economy practises, such as repairing and recycling, bring in investment and new jobs. The analysis explores how local authorities in 43 European cities support the circul...

Harlow Council collects top fleet safety honour at RoSPA Awards

26.06.19: Harlow Council’s housing repairs and maintenance, facilities management and environmental services company has won the Fleet Safety Trophy at the RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards 2019. HTS (Property and Environment) Limited, which provides s...

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...

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

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Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
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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 >
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