Waste management

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

03/09/2021

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

02/07/2021

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

25/06/2021

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

16/06/2021

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.

Litter overwhelming councils in tourist hotspots, warns union

15/06/2021

Councils are being overwhelmed by huge piles of litter at UK beauty spots, a trade union has warned today.

Waste collection plans to cost £680m a year, councils warn

11/06/2021

Government plans to standardise kerbside waste collections will cost £680m a year, district councils have warned today.

Bristol City Council apologises for ‘distress’ caused by mishandling of complaints

26/05/2021

Bristol City Council has apologised after being criticised for failing to provide evidence it had completed Ombudsman recommendations in two separate complaints.

New measures to boost recycling rates

07/05/2021

New proposals to increase the amount of household waste being recycled have been unveiled by the Government today.

How local councils can help stop unnecessary plastic ending up in landfill

28/04/2021

Paul Empson outlines three simple ways councils can help raise awareness of the impact plastic food delivery trays have on the environment.

Digital map reveals 'lacklustre recycling growth'

26/04/2021

Recycling rates have plateaued in England and Scotland for the fifth consecutive year according to a new interactive digital map of local authority recycling data.

Non-recyclable packaging costs councils £48m per year

29/03/2021

Packaging manufacturers are not doing enough to stop producing non-recyclable packaging or to contribute to the costs of disposal, council chiefs say.

The importance of sustainable waste management strategies for the UK's local authorities

26/03/2021

Peter Vernon sustainable waste management strategies in the context of wheelie-bin procurement and improved recycling rates.

Waste services experience continued ‘disruption’ due to COVID-19

10/03/2021

Local authority waste services across the country are continuing to feel the impacts of COVID-19, a new survey has revealed.

Councils dealing with one million fly-tipping incidents a year

25/02/2021

Councils dealt with nearly one million incidents of fly-tipping in 2019/20 at a cost of £50m, the latest figures have shown.

Councillors warn standardised collections will result in waste and recycling charges

09/02/2021

Residents may be forced to carry the cost of introducing standardised waste and recycling collections in England, a survey of local councillors has warned.

Developing a best value biowaste strategy

02/02/2021

With all English local authorities to be required to collect food waste by 2023, Ben Brown explains how they can implement the best value biowaste solution.

Copeland residents asked to consider new radioactive waste facility

05/11/2020

A Working Group has been formed to start local engagement on whether Copeland could be a suitable location for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for higher activity radioactive waste.

Household recycling 'soared' during pandemic

19/10/2020

Some councils saw household recycling soar by 100% during the COVID-19 pandemic, council leaders have revealed.

Councils warn about rise in PPE litter

28/09/2020

Nearly half of district councils have warned the littering of face masks and plastic gloves is becoming a growing problem in their area.

Waste incinerators more likely to be built in deprived areas, research uncovers

03/08/2020

Waste incinerators are three times more likely to be built in poorer areas than in the UK’s richest areas, an investigation has revealed.

North East councils team up for £2.1bn energy and waste project

24/07/2020

Seven councils across the North East have joined forces on a £2.1bn energy and waste project.

Waste collections ‘return to normal’

15/07/2020

The majority of local authorities are now reporting that they have returned to normal operations of residual waste collections despite the continuing impact of Covid-19.

County set to approve £102m waste contract

29/06/2020

Norfolk County Council is set to approve a new six-year waste management deal with Veolia, worth £102m.

Most councils prepare to open household waste recycling centres

13/05/2020

Nearly all councils are planning on opening Household Waste Recycling Centres in the next two weeks, a survey has revealed.

Fly-tipping soars by 300% since lockdown

01/05/2020

Fly-tipping in rural areas has increased by 300% since the lockdown, new analysis has discovered.

Councils prepare to reopen recycling sites

29/04/2020

Councils have been asked to make reopening household waste recycling sites a priority by the Government.

Refuse workers in Wirral walk out over coronavirus fears

08/04/2020

Refuse collectors in Wirral have refused to work after claiming Biffa Waste Services failed to introduce strict social distancing measures.

Councils told to prioritise black bag rubbish collections

08/04/2020

Councils have been advised to prioritise black bag waste collections over recycling during the coronavirus crisis.

Most councils still providing normal waste collections, survey reveals

06/04/2020

The majority of councils have been able to provide a normal waste and recycling collection service, a new survey has revealed.

Councils warn of ‘wave of waste’

02/04/2020

There will be a spike in household rubbish due to the coronavirus lockdown, district councils have warned today.

Councils urged to provide data on waste services during Covid-19

01/04/2020

Local authorities have been urged to provide regular information on the impact Covid-19 is having on waste services.

Council reviews bin collections after disabled man ‘blocked’ in house

20/03/2020

Trafford Council has agreed to review the way it monitors missed bin collections after the Ombudsman upheld half a dozen complaints.

Waste operators call for ‘performance penalty’ relief to keep services running

20/03/2020

Waste operators have asked to be excused from performance penalties from the councils they have contracts with as part of the effort to keep services running during the pandemic.

Council chiefs call on mattress companies to ‘recycle own products’

02/03/2020

Local authority leaders are calling for mattress manufacturers to be forced to recycle their own products and offer take-back services to stop them being fly-tipped.

Call for ‘urgent action’ to stop people sleeping in bins

24/02/2020

Waste companies have called for a collaborative approach to stopping homeless people from sleeping in bins as new figures reveal a 15% increase in the practice over the last half decade.

Birmingham City Council considers ‘overhaul’ of rubbish collection service

04/02/2020

Birmingham residents could see their bins collected every two to three weeks as part of a package of measures designed to overhaul the city’s waste management service.

Help end ‘scandalous’ dumping of child car seats, LGA tells manufacturers

03/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on manufacturers to take back child car seats once they have reached the end of their life to prevent them being sent to landfill.

Scottish councils sign £700m contract to ‘transform waste’

16/01/2020

Five Scottish councils have signed a contract that will see up to 190,000 tonnes of black bag waste diverted from landfill and converted to low carbon energy.

District councils warn of ‘fly-tipping farm-aggedon'

13/01/2020

Councils have warned that fly-tippers are increasingly targeting rural areas after new figures show a surge in incidents where rubbish is being dumped on farm land.

‘Toughen up’ fly-tipping sentences, council chiefs say

06/01/2020

Local authority leaders have called for tougher sentences for fly-tippers as the latest figures reveal that offences have increased by 50% in six years

Scotland’s bottle deposit scheme should cover other materials, MSPs say

10/12/2019

Scotland’s bottle deposit scheme should include cartons and other plastics, a report has urged today.

Welsh council tops Recycling Carbon Index

25/11/2019

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has been named as the best recycler in the UK in terms of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it has saved.

Welsh council trials microchipping bins to encourage recycling

24/10/2019

A Welsh county council is trialling the use of microchipping as part of an effort to encourage recycling as it moves to a four weekly collection.

Recycling and refuse top public’s spending priority list

17/10/2019

Councils should spend more money on rubbish collection and recycling, according to the results of a new poll.

Biffa fined for £350,000 over contaminated China shipment

30/09/2019

Waste management firm Biffa has been fined £350,000 for trying to send contaminated household waste to China.

Waste strategy places 'needless burden' on councils, MPs warn

05/09/2019

The waste strategy proposed by the Government has come under fire from MPs amid concerns about the burden it could impose upon local authorities.

Council to pilot electric bin lorries powered by waste

04/09/2019

Electric bin lorries that are powered by the waste they have collected will be trialled by Sheffield City Council.

Plans outlined for UK’s first plastic free homes

14/08/2019

A housing association has pledged to build 12 new homes that are virtually free of plastic.

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

17/07/2019

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

Combined authority signs £1bn waste contracts

03/06/2019

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has signed new operating contracts with SUEZ for the management of the city’s waste and resources.

Over half of councils ‘experiencing issues’ with plastic markets

21/05/2019

More than 50% of councils have reported that they were ‘experiencing issues’ with plastic markets, new research has revealed.

Councils call for tougher punishments for fly-tippers

13/05/2019

People convicted of fly-tipping should be handed tougher sentences councils have argued, after figures show no-one has been given the maximum punishment allowed since new guidelines in 2014.

Everything local government needs to know about coffee cup recycling

09/05/2019

With applications for The Cup Fund, the UK’s largest grant for projects that boost UK paper cup recycling, closing soon, Phil Wild shares what he thinks everyone should know.

Birmingham council apologises to union over waste dispute comments

30/04/2019

Birmingham City Council has apologised to Unite the Union over comments made during the recent protracted dispute with refuse collectors.

Birmingham council and union ‘welcome’ end to refuse dispute

18/03/2019

Refuse collectors who took part in strikes in Birmingham are to be given £3,500 each in a settlement which both sides say has ended the long-running dispute.

Birmingham refuse strike called off

04/03/2019

Unions called off a planned strike by refuse collectors in Birmingham today after the city council lost a bid to have the action declared illegal.

Scotland’s landfill ban will be £100m tax gift to England, waste experts say

27/02/2019

Waste management experts have ‘expressed deep concern’ that Scotland is not prepared for a landfill ban which will lead to higher haulage costs for councils.

Council chiefs insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

18/02/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

Birmingham's winter of discontent

15/02/2019

With a series of one-day strikes to go ahead in Birmingham, Mark Whitehead explores what led to this long-running dispute over waste collection.

Whitehall must fund separate food waste collections, experts say

14/02/2019

Extra Government funding must be provided to speed up separate collections of food waste, the industry body has demanded.

Hundreds of Birmingham refuse workers to strike ‘weekly’

05/02/2019

Over 300 refuse workers have announced they will begin two days of strike action a week in an escalation of the ongoing industrial dispute with the council.

Birmingham City Council renews controversial waste disposal contract

17/01/2019

Birmingham City Council has approved a controversial waste disposal contract with Veolia, describing it as the ‘best option available’.

Recycling services receive a £1bn boost

18/12/2018

Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s new waste strategy, which aims to encourage businesses and manufacturers to use easily recyclable packaging.

Council chief says on YouTube: 'I'm sorry about bin chaos'

28/11/2018

A council leader has gone online to apologise to residents over chaos caused by a reorganisation of bin collections.

Council abandons controversial plan to drop kerbside plastic collection

28/11/2018

Swindon has abandoned controversial proposals to withdraw the kerbside collection of plastics and says it will carry out further ‘research’ into the issue.

Contractor fined £1m after complaints of ‘dirty streets’

01/11/2018

Trafford council has fined a bins contractor £1m after residents raised concerns about dirty streets and overflowing bins.

Councils affected by China's waste ban

22/10/2018

A fifth of councils have been directly affected by China’s ban on imported waste over the past year, according to a new survey.

Neighbourhood services a 'serious concern', report warns

12/10/2018

A new report has highlighted 'serious concerns' over the future quality of neighbourhood services and adult social care unless councils receive adequate funding in the next spending review.

Welsh waste disposal scheme ‘well-managed’, auditor says

11/10/2018

A scheme launched by the Welsh government to help councils set up contracts to dispose of waste has been well-managed, according to an official report.

Welsh council moves to monthly refuse collection service

25/09/2018

Welsh council has announced it will only collect refuse destined for landfill or incineration once a month in an effort to save money and encourage recycling.

Charity calls for end of UK’s ‘barmy’ recycling system

25/09/2018

Every household in the country should be able to recycle the same items under a new national system, according to calls from Keep Britain Tidy.

Market ‘best placed’ to deliver value for money for waste collection

12/09/2018

Local authorities should use competition to drive value for money for waste collections, representatives from the resource and waste management industry say.

Council to trial free skip service to stop fly-tipping

03/09/2018

Walsall council is considering trialling a ‘free skip service’ for the deposit of household bulky items.

Northamptonshire CC plan to save £70m ‘very tall order’

10/08/2018

Northamptonshire CC may face serious hurdles making savings by renegotiating contracts with third-party suppliers, public sector procurement expert warns.

Recycling rates could be boosted by fraud, says auditors

23/07/2018

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

Birmingham councillor calls for action on dumped fridges

19/07/2018

A Birmingham councillor has called on the Government to do more to tackle the issue of dumped fridges.

Council use of incinerators ‘doubles’ since 2010

16/07/2018

The amount of waste managed by local authorities and sent to incinerators has doubled in less than a decade, a new report reveals.

Resourceful partners

10/07/2018

This summer, with the support of three councils, the HERU (Home Energy Resources Unit) will be going out for field trials. Ruth Corrall and Vic Allison looks at the HERU and what the councils hope to achieve with their involvement.

Councils making £74m a year from garden waste charges

25/06/2018

More than half of UK councils have introduced charges for garden waste collection totalling almost £74m a year, according to new research.

Councils must change collection services to meet EU recycling target

25/05/2018

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

Councils need a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on fly-tipping, union says

20/04/2018

Local authorities must adopt ‘zero tolerance’ policy on fly-tipping, union says as new study reveals nearly £60m was spent in England clearing up in one year.

Some councils 'hiding' cost of waste collection on their websites

20/03/2018

Although three-quarters of councils now charge for garden waste collections, less than half of council websites provide a good or very good service for this task, a new survey has revealed.

Seven council staff arrested in fraud probe

16/02/2018

Seven members of staff at Cardiff Council have been arrested on suspicion of fraud, the council has confirmed.

Delivering clean streets with technology

31/01/2018

Mark Jenkins explains how the social value of the bin has considerably increased and the way in which it interacts with the public has irrevocably changed.

Council to introduce four-weekly bin collection

24/01/2018

Conwy Council is phasing in four-weekly black bin collections following a successful trial which saved the equivalent of 87 double decker buses from landfill.

Refuse vehicles could be powered by household waste

22/01/2018

A city council is planning on running its refuse collection vehicles on electricity generated by the city’s household waste.

Councils welcome Government proposals to fine fly-tippers

15/01/2018

Local authorities have welcomed the Government’s pledge to provide them with the powers to do more to tackle illegal waste and fly-tipping.

Derby and Nottingham to launch combined commercial waste service

10/01/2018

Derby City Council’s share of the city’s £47m commercial waste market is set to gain a ‘significant’ boost with the launching of a new combined commercial waste service.

Tri-weekly bin collections boosts Anglesey's recycling rates

08/11/2017

The introduction of tri-weekly waste collections has helped increase recycling rates by 10% in the past year in the Isle of Anglesey, new figures reveal.

Councils call for ‘hard-hitting fines’ as fly-tipping incidents pass one million

20/10/2017

Councils call for more powers to hand out ‘hard-hitting fines’ to fly-tippers as figures reveal local authorities dealt with one million incidents last year.

Councils taking a week to deal with waste complaints, survey reveals

10/10/2017

More than third of people have complained to their local council about a problem with waste and recycling services, a new survey has revealed.

Improvement panel to remain in Birmingham

21/09/2017

The team brought in to turn Birmingham City Council around has backtracked on its plans to withdraw.

Union suspends industrial action in Birmingham bin dispute

21/09/2017

Unite has suspended industrial action after the High Court ordered Birmingham City Council to withdraw redundancy notices it had served on 113 refuse workers.

Five more functions handed back to Rotherham

13/09/2017

More powers have been handed back to Rotherham Council following a report showing it has made further progress in the aftermath of the city's child abuse scandal.

Birmingham bin strike to resume after council issues redundancy notices

01/09/2017

Bin workers in Birmingham are back on strike today after an agreement reached with the city council appeared to fall

Landowners call for tougher fly-tipping penalties

25/08/2017

Seizing vehicles must become the default penalty for fly-tipping as part of tougher punishments for waste crime, landowners insist.

Birmingham officers in warning over bin deal

25/08/2017

A row is brewing between Birmingham City Council’s management and senior councillors over how to end the long-running industrial dispute with bin men.

Outsourced bin collections leading to rise in upheld complaints

23/08/2017

The outsourcing of waste collections by councils in England has led to an increase in the number of complaints being upheld by the ombudsman, new report warns.

Welsh government aims to halve food waste within a decade

17/08/2017

The Welsh government is launching a consultation on plans to halve Wales’ food waste by 2025.

Long-running bin strike in Birmingham is called off

17/08/2017

The seven-week bin strike in Birmingham has been suspended after trade union Unite agreed to further negotiations with the council.

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Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.
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