Mark Whitehead 25 May 2018

Councils must change collection services to meet EU recycling target

Councils must change collection services to meet EU recycling target  image

Most councils will be able to meet the EU's recycling target at no extra cost, according to waste management experts.

But the Environmental Services Association says they will only be able to do so if they make changes to services which could include less frequent collections.

In a new report the association says all materials collected for recycling should be turned into new products.

It says the current weight-based system incentivises the collection of heavy low value materials such as garden waste which could be composted.

The ESA’s executive director Jacob Hayler said: 'The UK is struggling to meet the EU’s existing targets for 50% household recycling.

'This is largely due to a historic lack of funding and policy support in England – particularly on end-markets for recyclates – essential to driving recycling rates higher.

'In all scenarios there will be a need to manage waste that cannot be practically or economically recycled.

'Black bag waste is estimated to be as much as 9.5 million tonnes by 2030, enough to fill Wembley stadium over nine times right up to the roof.'

AI: A game changer image

AI: A game changer

Paul Shepherd offers his expertise on why adopting AI will not just improve customer service response times for councils, but will also lower admin costs and improve worker job satisfaction.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of HR/OD

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
£60,000 circa
The role will involve working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Chief Executive to lead our People Strategy and... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Customer Services Assistant (Libraries)

Essex County Council
Up to £9469 per annum
Please note this is part time position (18.5 hours a week) across Uttlesford, mainly based in Dunmow and Stansted and is to be offered on an initial 6 England, Essex, Dunmow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Customer Services Assistant (Libraries)

Essex County Council
Up to £18938 per annum
Please note this position is to be offered on an initial 6 month , fixed term basis. Do you enjoy working with people? Enthusiastic about playing a ke England, Essex, Saffron Walden
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Customer Services Assistant - Mark Hall Library

Essex County Council
£17000 - £18950 per annum
Please note that this position is a part time role, offering 18.5 hours per week and is offered on a Fixed Term Basis for a period of 6 months. England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Please note this is a fixed term contract or secondment opportunity until December 2020 In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". H England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores what impact the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ capital schemes and why adopting AI will not just improve customer service response times for councils.

This issue also finds out how local government pension funds are backing infrastructure projects and calls on local government to get better value from its technology spend.

Register for your free magazine