Laura Sharman 17 July 2019

Councils need ‘greater flexibility’ to develop waste strategies, MPs say

Councils need ‘greater flexibility’ to develop waste strategies, MPs say image

Local authorities must be given the freedom to develop recycling strategies tailored to the needs of their communities, MPs have said.

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has criticised the Government’s Waste Strategy as ‘overly prescriptive’.

The strategy sets out how many recycling bins are needed, the frequency of food and residual waste collections, and requires mandatory free garden waste collection.

In a letter to the under-secretary of state for local government, Rishi Sunak, the committee argued that these requirements are not appropriate for all councils.

Local authorities should retain ‘as much flexibility as possible’ to determine the most effective waste collection strategies for their communities, the letter said.

It also asked for clarity on the funding pledged to support the extra demands placed on local authorities.

Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Clive Betts said: ‘In determining how often waste should be collected, the number of recycling bins or what services should be charged for, the Government appears to have forgotten that what works in rural areas may not be suitable for cities.

‘Local authorities understand what the challenges are in their areas and should be given the freedom to tailor their approach to meet them.’

‘Equally, the Government must ensure that the funding is there that will allow local authorities to rise to the challenge,’ he continued.

‘It will require significant investment to improve recycling infrastructure, and ongoing waste management costs arising from the Government’s proposals will be higher.

‘The Government has indicated it will provide more funding, but they must demonstrate that this will be adequate in the long-term. Local authorities are already struggling, they cannot be expected to shoulder further burden without extra resourcing.’

Creating a real change image

Creating a real change

How can local authorities harness the power of alternative giving to provide more funds for tackling homelessness? Ketan Patel reports.
Highways jobs

Governance and Assurance Manager

North Yorkshire County Council
£38,813 to £42,683
Are you someone who is methodical in approach with an eye for detail? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Business Development Manager (Grow Yorkshire)

North Yorkshire County Council
£34,788 to £38,813 per annum
Do you have an enterprising approach to developing solutions? Are you an exceptional communicator? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Enterprise Partnership Officer (Infrastructure)

North Yorkshire County Council
£34,788 to £38,813 per annum
Are you an experienced Project Manager who is methodical in your approach with exceptional attention to detail? Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Project Lead - Housing Growth

North Yorkshire County Council
£38,813 to £42,683
Do you have a substantial understanding of the housing market and the housing planning system? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Communications Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
£29,636 to £32,029
Are you someone with excellent skills in communications and looking for your next challenge? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine