Waste and recycling services are among the most visible services councils run.

Local residents take a keen interest in what happens to their bins. We support high recycling rates for householders and businesses and are working hard to make sure councils are able to reduce landfill and tackle climate change through increasing recycling.

There are approximately 23 million dwellings in England most of which require a weekly or fortnightly refuse and recycling collection. Councils spend £852m per year on waste collection, and given that many contracts were negotiated several years ago and are ready for renewal, even a small efficiency saving of say 5 per cent would equate to a £42.6m reduction in spend in this area.

In 2015 we supported 11 projects involving 60 councils across England to run projects intended to bring about efficiencies and savings to council's waste and recycling budget.

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Clinical waste survey 2016

The survey was conducted by the LGA's Research and Information team in September 2016 to gather information about how local authorities were dealing with the collection and disposal of clinical waste.

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LGA response to EU waste consultation

This response to the EU covers proposals to develop a "circular" economy for waste services and the functioning of waste markets across Europe.

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Meeting EU recycling targets

This paper acknowledges the challenges in meeting the target, but makes a range of practical suggestions that could be implemented in relatively short order in 2015 to deliver a significant improvement in recycling rates by 2020,

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LGA response to the Waste Crime Call for Evidence

This response to the DEFRA Call for Evidence focuses on waste crime in relation to the cleanliness of public spaces and the impact of littering and fly-tipping.

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LGA EU Circular Economy position paper

This paper sets out the LGA position on the forthcoming EU Circular Economy proposals.

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