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EXCLUSIVE: Councils consider legal advice over waste guidance


Councils are considering seeking legal advice over statutory guidance that will tell local authorities to collect residual waste at least every two weeks, The MJ understands.

Somerset’s £24m-a-year waste contract at risk


Somerset Council’s waste collection contract is at risk after Suez disclosed ‘significant losses’ and said it may have to end the deal early.

Herefordshire Council uses drone to investigate fly-tipping


A drone is being used by Herefordshire Council to gather evidence of illegal waste disposal.

Council eyes cutting back rubbish collection


A council could reduce how often it picks up household rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted to once a month despite Government proposals.

Middlesbrough avoids ‘catastrophic’ s114 with approved budget


Councillors in Middlesbrough have approved a budget with ‘savings and income generation plans’ worth £13.9m.

Councils call for ‘autonomy’ under EPR


Councils must still have the autonomy to run waste services according to local need under new packaging reforms, the Local Government Association has said.

Council chiefs welcome drop in fly-tipping incidents


Local authorities in England dealt with 1.08 million fly-tipping incidents in 2022/23, a decrease of 1% on the previous year, according to the latest figures.

MPs at odds with public on packaging measures


Appetite for government intervention to reduce the use of packaging, either through taxes or bans, is lower among MPs than with the public, new research has found.

Refuse workers strike over alleged 'bullying culture'


Bins across South Tyneside could go uncollected for eight weeks as refuse workers strike over what has been called a ‘toxic bullying culture’.

Councils banned from charging for small-scale DIY waste disposal


Local authorities in England are no longer able to charge households to leave small-scale DIY waste at recycling centres in a move aimed at tacking fly-tipping.

Agreement ends long-running bin strike


An agreement between Warrington Borough Council and the trade union Unite has put an end to refuse workers’ strikes.

'Lack of clarity' puts recycling reforms at risk


A ‘lack of clarity’ around the Government’s recycling reforms is preventing councils from preparing for the upcoming changes, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Sheffield food waste collections delayed by 15 years


A plan for weekly food waste collections from homes in Sheffield could be delayed by up to 15 years.

‘Toxic’ environment at council waste service


A report describing a ‘toxic’ working environment at Brighton and Hove City Council’s waste service includes accounts of staff bringing weapons to the depot.

Fly-tipping enforcement up as incidents drop


Councils carried out more enforcement action in response to illegal waste dumping last year as the number of reported incidents fell.

Councils welcome waste reform flexibility but await details on costs


Councils were relieved not to lose all local discretion in the Government’s waste collection reforms but have said questions remain, including over funding.

Brighton’s waste service ‘mired in racism, sexism and homophobia’


A report has described a ‘toxic’ environment and ‘normalised’ bullying behaviour within Brighton and Hove City Council’s waste department following complaints by whistleblowers.

Coventry refuse workers to vote on industrial action


The trade union Unite has notified Coventry City Council that it will ballot 55 refuse workers for strike action and action short of a strike.

Place directors under ‘immense pressure’ publish strategic objectives


Place directors have called for action on planning, infrastructure and the environment, including a financial regime enabling councils to build more affordable and ‘climate-ready’ homes.

Concern companies not aware of single-use plastics ban


The Local Government Association (LGA) has raised concerns that businesses may not know about the ban on certain single-use plastic items.

Unite and council reach deal to end waste strike


Waste service workers and street cleaners return to work today after negotiations between Tower Hamlets Council and the trade union Unite put an end to industrial action.

Screeching U-turn on waste proposals


The Government has claimed it is scrapping its ‘top-down approach’ on recycling while still ensuring ‘all homes in England recycle the same materials’.

Nottinghamshire waste staff to strike


The GMB union has announced a week-long strike at waste recycling plants in Nottinghamshire.

Number of vapes discarded each week soars to five million


Five million single-use vapes are thrown away in the UK every week, an almost four-fold increase on last year, according to research from Material Focus.

South Ayrshire increase recycling rates in parks


South Ayrshire Council is collecting 36.8% more recyclable waste in residential parks since installing over 400 new recycling bins by Leafield Environmental.

Councils call for ban of disposable vapes


Council chiefs have called on the Government to ban disposable e-cigarettes over concerns about their impact on the environment and young people.

EXCLUSIVE: Councils in dark over new funding stream


More financial uncertainty is being piled onto councils over the distribution of a fresh funding stream, The MJ has been told.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s time for a new Audit Commission’


An ex-senior mandarin has today called for a new Audit Commission as The MJ reveals the draft metrics the Government is considering for its new watchdog.

Fly-tipping incidents skyrocket by a third


The number of fly-tipping incidents has increased by a third since 2010, a new analysis by Labour has revealed.

Islington council to invest £2m to improve recycling facilities


Recycling facilities on estates across the borough of Islington are set to benefit from £2m of council investment.

Three-weekly waste collections boosts Mid Devon’s recycling rates


The recycling rates in Mid Devon have increased in the first three months since three-weekly waste collections were introduced, the council has reported.

£165,000 fund available to make Liverpool a ‘greener place’


Community groups across Liverpool City Region are able to bid for a share of a £165,000 fund as part of a push to make the area a ‘cleaner and greener place’.

Over £1.6m available to tackle chewing gum pollution


Over £1.6m of funding is now available to help local authorities across the UK tackle chewing gum pollution.

‘Alarming’ figures reveal one third of fly-tipping in Glasgow


Almost one third of recorded fly-tipping incidents in Scotland last year took place in Glasgow, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Charge manufacturers for fly-tipping clean up, council chiefs say


Manufacturers should contribute to the cost of cleaning up fly-tipped rubbish to help tackle the health risk posed by the illegal practice, council chiefs say.

Deposit Return Scheme: further clarification needed


Steve Palfrey, chair of ADEPT's Waste Group, discusses the Government's response to the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and calls for further clarification.

Council chiefs call for more focus on waste reduction


Council leaders have called on the Government to prioritise plans to reduce the amount of waste produced rather than focusing on recycling schemes.

Triple on-the-spot littering fines, think tank urges


A think tank has called for a ‘revitalised’ litter strategy including tripling the level of fines and ranking councils on enforcement of anti-littering laws.

Giving good counsel to councils over waste crime


Niall Burns explores radical measures to target the collusion and corruption driving a new illegal waste dumping pandemic.

Council chiefs call for tougher punishments for fly tippers


Local authority leaders have called for the introduction of tougher sentences to help in the fight against fly tipping.

Council to use artificial salt marshes to clean waste water


A new scheme in Leicestershire will see artificially created salt marshes being used to clean oils, diesel and chemicals in water collected from road gullies.

Council launches review into HMOs in Northampton


West Northamptonshire Council yesterday launched a review into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Northampton after complaints by local campaigners.

Fresh strike warning for local government sector


Unions have warned of more local government strikes.

Government misses 50% recycling target


More than 100,000 extra tonnes of rubbish was sent to landfill during lockdown, the latest figures reveal as Government misses 50% recycling target.

Government struggles to assess scale of waste crime


Defra does not have the data it needs to assess scale of waste crime and the incentives for criminals to enter the waste market have increased, auditors say.

Plymouth council agrees pay uplift for HGV drivers


The union Unite have welcomed a decision by Plymouth council to give HGV drivers a pay increase by regrading their jobs.

Scottish councils awarded £13m to boost recycling


The Scottish government today announced a multi-million-pound investment into local authorities to help boost the quantity and quality of recycling.

District boosts pay to tackle shortage of bin drivers


South Holland District Council has agreed to increase pay for its waste and recycling teams in response to the national shortage of drivers.

Waste crime could be costing the UK nearly a billion pounds a year


Waste-related crime is costing the country an estimated £1bn a year, a new report has found.

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.

Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike


Thurrock Council has said that it is ‘disappointed’ workers in the local authority’s waste and recycling department have decided to continue pay strike.

How schools can combat waste


Michael Taylor, general manager at Skip Hire UK, looks at how schools can combat waste.

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.

Environment Bill to give councils ‘clear framework’ to tackle pollution


Local authorities will have a clear framework for tackling air pollution with the introduction of the Environment Bill, according to the Government.

Council chiefs call for more cash to fight fly-tipping


Local authority leaders have urged the next Government to ensure that councils have the necessary funds to tackle fly-tipping.

Illegal tipping sites uncovered in 'sting' operation


Dozens of illegal tipping sites have been discovered in a 'sting' operation by environment and customs officers.

Holyrood announces ambition to cut food waste by one third


The Scottish government has unveiled plans to help reduce food waste by one third by 2025.

Council threatens fly-tippers with £50,000 fine


Cheltenham residents have been warned that if they continue to dump their rubbish in the wrong place at the wrong time, they will face a £50,000 fine.

New £400 fly-tipping penalty comes into force


The new financial penalties for fly-tipping, which could see fines of up to £400 being handed to offenders, are now in force.

Gove announces £15m pilot scheme to reduce food waste


The Government will set up a £15m pilot scheme to reduce food waste, the environment secretary has announced.

North Londoners urged to ‘wise up to waste’


The 'Blue Planet' programme has had a massive effect on people's attitudes to plastic waste, new research has found.

Recycling rates could be boosted by fraud, says auditors


The UK’s success at recycling may be being boosted by fraudulent exports of unrecyclable materials, auditors have claimed.

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