A battle cry for strong councils
Communities suffer when Government is centralised, says leader of the Lib Dems Sir Ed Davey – and he believes local government is vital to fixing many of the issues that plague society.
White van man on... recycling
I’ve never understood why I can drop sackful after sackful of any old rubbish into a council skip at their so-called ‘recycling centres’.
Councils demand to know more about deposit return scheme
Councils are unsure about the full implications of deposit return schemes ahead of their rollout, according to new research.
Plastic recycling infrastructure is a priority for people and planet
Collaboration between councils, the waste management industry and other players is the only way to make a circular economy on plastic happen, says CEO of sustainability charity WRAP Marcus Gover.
Leading the way in the recycling revolution
The local government sector has bold ambitions for linking the circular economy and net zero, says project director at Local Partnerships Kristy Spindler.
Buckinghamshire signs £15m waste contract
Buckinghamshire Council’s deal with FCC Recycling includes an option to extend worth almost £30m.
Omicron wave hits council services
Staff shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are taking their toll on council services around the country.
Council to bring recycling centres in-house
Kirklees MBC is to bring its household waste and recycling centres in-house as part of an effort to give the council more control over public-facing services.
Call for Westminster to 'take the lead' on deposit return scheme
An environmental charity has called for Westminster to ‘take the lead’ after further delays to the introduction of the deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland.
Households responsible for 70% of food waste
Households are now the biggest contributor to carbon emissions from food waste, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Government moves towards all-in deposit return scheme
The Government is moving towards backing an all-in deposit return scheme (DRS) for all plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminium drinks cans, The MJ understands.
Councils forced to suspend waste services due to staff shortages
Several local authorities have been forced to reduce or suspend waste and recycling services due to staff having to self-isolate and a national shortage of drivers.
DEFRA’s simplistic proposals are as doomed to fail
The waste collection business is complicated, says chair of the District Councils' Network Cllr John Fuller. 'It requires attention to detail and a recognition that different streets in a borough can have different requirements.'
Uproar at move towards 'national bin service'
Councils are preparing to fight government plans to create what they fear will be a ‘national bin service’.
Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike
Thurrock BC has said it is ‘outraged’ workers in its waste and recycling department have decided to continue to strike.
New measures to boost recycling rates
New proposals to increase the amount of household waste being recycled have been unveiled by the Government today.
How to excel at recycling
What does it take to be a top recycling authority? Ray Figg says the secret to Three Rivers DC’s success doesn’t lie in one magic ingredient.
Three Rivers tops recycling league
Three Rivers DC in Hertfordshire has climbed to become the highest performing authority in England for household waste recycling, according to official government figures.
Recycling: Now’s the time to consider switching to separate collection
With many changes taking place as a result of the Environment Bill, this is a perfect opportunity to consider switching to separate collection of paper and cardboard, says Simon Ellin.
Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID
The findings of a new opinion poll show the public trusts councils more than Government on the response to COVID, says APSE.