Mark Whitehead 01 March 2017

Councils urged to adopt one of three standardised waste systems

Councils urged to adopt one of three standardised waste systems image

Brexit presents a 'huge opportunity' for the UK government to develop a new approach to waste and resources policy, according to the Policy Exchange think tank.

It says adopting the EU’s proposed Circular Economy Package would cost British businesses and households £2bn over the next 20 years.

Instead the British government should use Brexit to define an independent approach to waste and resource policy, it argues.

In a new report, Going Round in Circles, Policy Exchange says the UK should generate more energy from waste and the government should encourage innovation in the recycling and reuse of materials.

It says household recycling centres should also be collection points for reusable items and local authorities should adopt one of three standardised systems for collecting waste and recycling to simplify the more than 400 currently in use.

The report's co-author Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s head of environment and energy, said: 'The UK needs to take back control of our rubbish and develop a more coherent set of waste policies which better serve UK businesses and households, as well as the environment.'

Safely into school image

Safely into school

How many plans can be made when it comes to transport to education settings? Liz Davidson reports.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Communication & Engagement Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£36711 - £39774 per annum
The coronavirus pandemic has touched every aspect of the work councils do, and we're on the front line as the country recovers. Businesses need suppor England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Events and Project Administrator

Essex County Council
£20604.0 - £22664 per annum
Please note this position is to be offered on a 2 year, fixed term basis Interviews expected to be held 20/10/2020 for successfully shortlisted candid England, Essex, Braintree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Adults Social Care

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£31,869 - £38,616
This is a very exciting time to join the team as we are currently going through a major re- design of our service. London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Newly Qualified Social Worker (ASYE)

Barnet London Borough Council
£30,711 Per Annum
Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and their families? Colindale, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Regeneration Delivery Manager - Heritage Action Zone

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£42.684 - £45.585
This role requires experience of project managing and delivering heritage-focused schemes involving the built environment, an understanding of... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue