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.
- A case study from Fife Council (PDF)
- Service review / options appraisal template (PDF) and the associated financial assessment template (Excel) provided by Staffordshire Waste Partnership
- Lessons learned presentation (PDF) from a project involving all London Boroughs and their health partners on making efficiency savings on clinical waste disposal and collection costs
- Download information from Bath and North East Somerset on the outcomes of two of their four trials.
- Cumbria County Council's final report on exploring ways of improving reuse and recycling of bulky waste collected at the kerbside plus a recent update and their regional communications plan
- Slough's RCV options appraisal includes evaluating the potential for a gas powered refuse collection fleet and the necessary infrastructure changes to serve a gas powered fleet.
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.
This response to the EU covers proposals to develop a "circular" economy for waste services and the functioning of waste markets across Europe.
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,
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.
This paper sets out the LGA position on the forthcoming EU Circular Economy proposals.