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Coffee pod recycling scheme hits million milestone


An initiative run by Cherwell District Council has seen more than a million coffee pods – weighing 16.4 tonnes – recycled in eight months.

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.

Thurrock bin crews trapped wheelchair user


Bin crews in Thurrock have repeatedly trapped a disabled woman in her home by not returning her bins to the proper place, ombudsman finds.

Two thirds of councils expect to miss waste reform deadline


Councils have urged Government to reconsider its ‘unrealistic’ waste reform deadline after research found authorities face shortfalls to fund the changes.

Concern over waste reform costs


Fears have been raised that more financial pressures could be heaped on councils as a result of waste reforms.

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’.

Wales passes workplace recycling law


New Workplace Recycling Regulations have been passed in Wales, which will require all businesses to separate recyclable materials.

Simpler Recycling: The implications for local authorities


Lee Marshall, Policy and External Affairs Director, CIWM looks at the Government’s recycling reforms and what they mean for local authorities.

Oxfordshire councils install vape recycling bins


Three local authorities in Oxfordshire have joined forces to install 60 new recycling collection points for vapes across the county.

Council denied injunction to stop bin strikes


Warrington Borough Council has lost a High Court bid to stop its refuse workers going out on strike.

Council admits hand in disposing of tents


Camden Council has admitted that it was involved in the disposal of homeless people’s tents in central London last week.

Public services ‘in a dire state’


No public services are performing better than before the pandemic and satisfaction with councils has dropped, a report has found.

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.

Solving the UK’s 'wishcycling' problem


Chris Williams, founder and CEO of UK cleantech ISB Global sets out how to fix the confusing state of recycling in the UK.

Sinkhole swallows up bin lorry


An investigation has been launched after a refuse collection vehicle in North Wales was partially swallowed up by a sinkhole.

Seven bins? The future of consistent collections


Lee Marshall, CIWM, looks at the Government’s claims to be scrapping the much-fabled ‘seven bins’ policy and the future of the consistent collections reform.

Liverpool proposes to insource waste collections


Liverpool City Council is to bring its waste collection service in-house in a bid to improve recycling rates.

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.

Nottinghamshire waste staff to strike


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

'Clarity' promised on waste reforms


More certainty on the Government’s waste reform programme has been promised after mandarins were taken to task over delays.

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.

Fleet transformations hindered by consistent collection delays


Delays to waste collection reforms are seeing authorities hold back on transforming their fleets and procuring electric vehicles.

EPR scheme payments may come as late as December 2025


Councils may not receive their first payments under the new extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme until as late as December 2025, The MJ has learnt.

The cost of the EPR delay


Steve Palfrey, chair of ADEPT’s Waste Group, looks at the implications for councils of the delay in implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Councils call for urgent clarity after further EPR delay


Council chiefs have called for ‘clear timelines’ on waste policy after the Government announced a further delay to extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Glasdon Jubilee™ Duo 220: Combining the Best of Both Worlds


Glasdon has launched an exciting new addition to their classic Glasdon Jubilee range; a solution that combines two worlds of waste disposal.

Westminster unveils ‘trailblazing’ fleet electrification


Westminster City Council and Veolia are rolling out the UK’s largest electric refuse collection fleet, with vehicles powered by the waste they collect.

Watchdog warns councils still in dark on waste reforms


The Government ‘still lacks effective long-term plans to reduce waste,’ according to a watchdog’s new report.

Gove: Trust councils on waste collection


Communities secretary Michael Gove has said the Government should not ‘dictate’ to councils on waste collections.

Retailers criticise ‘extended producer responsibility’ scheme


A plan to make food manufacturers pay councils for the collection and recycling of packaging waste is facing opposition from retailers and manufacturers.

UNISON launches action figures of ‘unsung heroes’


Public sector union UNISON has launched a range of council worker action figures to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ working on the frontlines.

North Somerset Council trials innovative bins


North Somerset Council is claiming a first with an innovative new way to collect recycling and waste.

Waste officers call for fly-tipping funding


Majority of council waste officers think their local authority does not have enough resources and capacity to effectively tackle fly-tipping, poll reveals.

Birmingham opens new ‘super depot’


Birmingham City Council has opened a new state-of-the-art ‘super depot’ for its waste management service, replacing two outdated yards.

Durham incinerator decision delayed again


A decision on plans for a waste incinerator in County Durham has been delayed for a further two months.

Reusing household items could save £63m a year


Councils should take the lead in encouraging the reuse of household items to help save millions of pounds a year, a waste management company has said.

The recycling system is in need of an overhaul – so what’s the solution?


Dr Helen Holmes, lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute, looks at how the recycling system can be reformed.

Understanding the disposal rules for POPs


Hamish Farmer, direct sales manager at Inciner8, explains how local authorities can ensure waste management centres meet new regulations.

‘Postcode lottery’ undermines plastic recycling


People are being put off recycling their plastic because of the complexity of messaging and varying systems in different places, according to a new report.

Top five recycling councils all districts


District councils are leading the way in recycling waste, new Government figures suggest.

Thurrock Council requests over £182m to stabilise services


Trouble-torn Thurrock Council has requested £182.5m in Government support over the next year to shore up its services.

Council apologises after RCVs struggle to reach bin stores


Brighton & Hove CC has apologised after its refuse collection vehicles were unable to reach the sites of bin stores that were approved by council planners.

Merseyside household waste strikes called off


Strike action planned by 180 Veolia workers at 22 Merseyside household waste sites have been called off after an improved pay offer was agreed

Liverpool refuse collection workers prepare to strike


Members of the union Unite are set to undertake industrial action in a dispute with Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd over pay.

Council’s £8m EV programme branded a ‘fiasco’


York Council’s EV programme has been branded a ‘fiasco’ after it spent £8m on a fleet of EVs without having the right charging infrastructure fully in place.

Epping Forest Council apologises over missed bin collections


Epping Forest Council has apologised to residents for ‘unacceptable’ levels of missed bin collections - but has pledged to improve the service.

Save thousands on waste management and reduce your carbon footprint with the CitySolar Smart Bin


Local authorities can save thousands on their waste management while reducing their carbon footprint with the CitySolar Smart Bin.

Veolia completes £2bn SUEZ UK sale


Veolia has announced the completion of its sale of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK back to the French-owned Suez.

Save thousands on waste management and reduce your carbon footprint with the CitySolar Smart Bin


Local authorities can save thousands on their waste management while reducing their carbon footprint with the CitySolar Smart Bin.

Council criticised for failing to tackle issues with bin collections


Birmingham City Council has been criticised for blaming 'rogue crews' for failures in bin collections by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

Eight councils in shared services talks


Eight Essex councils covering one million people are in talks to share services in a bid to make savings.

Energy-from-waste facility to pay councils £4.75m ‘windfall’


Seven London councils are on course to receive budgetary boosts totalling £4.75m in November thanks to a publicly owned energy-from-waste facility.

Council celebrates zero-landfill month


North East Lincolnshire Council is celebrating after making it through September without sending any waste to landfill.

Newham bin workers to restart strike


Bin workers in Newham are set to go on strike for two weeks starting on Tuesday, Unite the Union has announced.

Scottish council workers consider 7.5% pay offer


Strikes that would have affected schools and waste services across a number of council areas in Scotland have been suspended as workers consider pay offer.

Council bin workers secure 10% pay rise


Around 100 waste workers employed by Bath and North East Somerset council are set to receive a 10% pay rise.

Newham Council braces for refuse strike


Refuse workers in the London Borough of Newham are set to go on strike this Saturday to demand a pay increase that will keep up with spiralling price rises.

Waste workers announce strike action across 15 Scottish councils


Waste workers in 15 councils across Scotland will walk-out for a week this month in protest over the 'pitiful' 2% pay offer.

Coventry bin lorry drivers win 13% pay boost


The long-running dispute between Coventry council and local bin lorry drivers has now ended with a pay rise for the drivers worth up to 12.9%.

Sandwell refuse workers secure 9% pay rise to avoid strike action


Refuse workers in Sandwell MBC have called off a planned strike due to start next week after accepting a 9% pay increase and securing additional annual leave.

Councils bring forward bin collections to protect staff during heatwave


Councils across the country will be collecting bins, garden waste and recycling an hour earlier over the next two days to limit staff exposure to high temperatures.

Greenwich council reduces waste collections in move to net zero


Greenwich council is reducing the number of waste collections it offers as part of the effort to cut carbon emissions and increase the rate of recycling.

Portsmouth council set to bring waste services in house


Portsmouth City Council’s domestic household waste and recycling collection service is set to be delivered in house following a cabinet decision yesterday.

Council considers subterranean super-bins in UK first


Liverpool City Council is to consider beginning consultations on the installation of underground bins in an effort to clear streets of black bags and litter.

Coventry bin lorry drivers renew strike


HGV drivers in Coventry have voted to renew their strike mandate and continue industrial action into the summer over a pay dispute with the city council.

Rugby waste and street cleaning strikes end with new pay deal


Industrial action affecting Rugby Borough Council’s waste and street cleaning services is set to end today as the council and Unite reach an agreement.

Regulator finds ‘competition concerns’ with Veolia and Suez merger


A merger of the waste management companies Veolia and Suez could lead to a loss of competition and an increase in costs for local authorities, regulator warns.

Changes to food waste collection and recycling: What actions do councils need to take?


Ben Thomson, solicitor at Ashfords, looks at what actions councils need to take in light of the changes to food waste collection and recycling.

Call to limit new waste incinerators in Scotland


An independent review has called for a cap on future waste incineration capacity in Scotland.

Councils to be banned from charging for disposal of DIY waste


The Government has proposed banning local authorities from charging for the disposal of DIY waste from households.

Red diesel ban ‘tangible threat’ to waste strategy


The Chancellor has been warned that the red diesel ban is ‘counter intuitive’ and presents ‘a tangible threat’ to the Government’s waste strategy.

The case for keeping co-mingled collections while boosting food waste recycling rates


Simon Christian explores how new technology can help local authorities increase the amount of household food waste they collect – without completely overhauling their current waste collection regime.

Bin strike hitting 220,000 homes begins in Wiltshire


A two-week bin strike in Wiltshire affecting 220,000 homes began yesterday after GMB members turned down a new pay offer.

Delay to EPR will create 'vacuum of uncertainty' for councils


Councils will be forced to award waste management contracts in a 'vacuum of uncertainty' following the delay to the introduction of extended producer responsibility (EPR), the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has warned.

Sussex councils agree pay rise for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff


Adur & Worthing Councils have agreed to a wage increase for refuse, recycling and cleansing staff following a review of pay and conditions.

Storm Eunice forces councils to close services


Councils across the UK have been forced to suspend public services, close schools and provide emergency help for rough sleepers due to Storm Eunice.

Councils demand to know more about deposit return scheme


Councils are unsure about the full implications of deposit return schemes ahead of their rollout, according to new research.

Coventry bin lorry driver strike to cost council £1.8m


The dispute in Coventry over the pay of bin lorry drivers is likely to cost the city council around £1.8m if it continues to the end of March, the local authority has warned.

Scrapping green waste charges: the whole picture


Karen Steel calls on councils to start planning for the upcoming National Bin Service.

Blaenau Gwent receives damning report in public interest


Auditors said oversight of the council's waste company was ‘inadequate’ for more than a decade.

Coventry council hires private contractor amid bin strikes


Coventry City Council today announced that it is set to bring in a private contractor to help collect waste as strike action by bin lorry drivers continues.

New proposals to tackle waste crime


New proposals to tackle fly-tipping and illegal waste exports have been unveiled by the Government today.

Regulator to progress Veolia and Suez investigation


The competition regulator has announced that it will progress its investigation of the proposed merger between Veolia and Suez to the next stage.

Council to bring waste and recycling centres in-house


Kirklees Council will bring Household Waste and Recycling Centres in-house as part of an effort to give the council more control over public-facing services.

Coventry bin lorry drivers strike proposal ‘impractical’


Coventry City Council has rejected a union proposal that bin lorry drivers work for one hour and then go on strike for another hour.

Councils dealing with record amount of fly-tipping


A charity has called for a review of the licensing scheme for waste carriers after new figures showed fly-tipping has reached an all-time high.

Veolia and Suez merger criticised by competition authority


The merger of Veolia and Suez could lead to a loss of competition in the supply of several waste and water management services in the UK, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Coventry RCV drivers vote to strike


Bin lorry drivers in Coventry have voted to take strike action in a dispute over pay and Christmas working arrangements.

Council sets up ‘arms-length’ business to deliver key services


East Suffolk Council is to create a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCo) to help it deliver key council services.

HGV drivers threaten Christmas strikes


Drivers of heavy goods vehicles who work for Coventry City Council’s waste services are threatening to go on strike over the Christmas period as part of a pay dispute.

Birmingham bins not returned due to 'council squabble'


The ombudsman has blamed 'bickering' bin workers for residents having to return their own heavy communal bins to the right place in Birmingham.

Councils warn against 'unnecessary' free garden waste collections


Councils have criticised government proposals for universal free garden waste collection, warning they are not the answer to reducing landfill.

Refuse workers strike against ‘ongoing attacks’ on pay and conditions


Union members at Veolia Sheffield have voted to strike over pay and what they characterise as ‘ongoing attacks’ to their terms and conditions.

Brighton council and union reaches deal to end bin strike


Brighton residents will soon once again see their streets cleared of bin bags as the council reaches a deal with striking refuse collection workers to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute.

Council chiefs warn driver shortages could hit gritting services


Local authority leaders have warned that driver shortages could affect gritting services this winter.

New pay deal ends long-running bin strikes in South London


Disruption to refuse services in the London Borough of Bexley has finally come to an end after a new pay deal was agreed.

IoT technology: Benefitting local authorities and councils


Nick Sacke outlines some of the primary challenges being faced by local authorities and how technology can help.

We must seize the opportunity to accelerate a circular economy


Victoria Lawson argues that moving to a circular economy could tackle the climate crisis, shorten supply chains, support new green jobs and encourage more connected and resilient communities.

Council invests over £1m in mobile household recycling centres


Birmingham City Council has invested £1.4m in a pilot project that will see a fleet of mobile household recycling centres (MHRCs) rolled out across the city.

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