Bin lorry driver shortage at ‘crisis point’
A shortage of 100,000 heavy goods vehicle drivers has disrupted bin collections across the country.
White van man on... bin collections
I know these suits at Whitehall spout a load of rubbish most of the time at our expense but that doesn’t mean they need to get down and dirty with it as well.
Waste collection plans to cost £680m a year, councils warn
Government plans to standardise kerbside waste collections will cost £680m a year, district councils have warned.
Councils press for bin collections overhaul funding
Chief executives have urged the Government to fully fund any nationwide changes to bin collections.
Bristol apologises for ‘distress’ caused by mishandling of complaints
Bristol City Council has apologised after being criticised for failing to provide evidence it had completed Ombudsman recommendations in two separate complaints.
Beyond waste: delivering a circular economy
Martin Pollard at Local Partnerships outlines the circular economy of waste management in Wales.
Composting in gardens is better for the environment
If funding is less than the cost of free garden waste collection, households without gardens will have to contribute for a service they can never receive, says Ian Miller.
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.
Thurrock workers strike in pay dispute
Workers at Thurrock BC have embarked on a three-week strike amid claims their pay is to be ‘slashed’.
White van man on... bin collections
Bing bong. Another delivery of pizza from Deliveroo. Lovely grub and another mountain of cardboard which I then shove out the front for the binmen to collect.
What a load of rubbish
Local government must be hoping that the next 12 months will offer something better than the year just gone.
Dame gets first refusal
Forget the Oscars, keep your Golden Globes – the ultimate honour has been bestowed upon Dame Judi Dench.
Councils are key to our climate goals
There is universal agreement that climate change targets can’t be achieved if councils are excluded from the approach, says Paul O’Brien. He looks at what they are calling for if they are to be at the heart of delivering climate goals.
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.
Tewkesbury puts its customers in control
Graeme Simpson explains why Tewkesbury BC is changing to a new digital platform to transform the way it interacts with its customers online.
Connected homes, smart cities – and satisfied citizens
Ireland’s innovation agency is supporting continuous improvement in UK local authorities, and smart city solutions are playing a central role in many of these partnerships.
Recycle Week is so important, this year of all years
As Recycle Week starts, director of WRAP UK Peter Maddox highlights the public’s high levels of satisfaction with waste collections and renewed momentum in Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy.
The challenge of bringing street cleaning, refuse and recycling back in-house
Bringing back street cleaning, refuse and recycling under the control of Ealing LBC during COVID-19 was by no means easy, but Kevin O’Leary believes ‘we have exceeded expectations’.
Positives we can take from the COVID-19 pandemic
It’s taken a crisis for people to recognise the vital roles performed by street cleaners and social care staff, as well as supermarket workers and delivery drivers, writes Claire Kober.