The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has proposed changes to deliver more accurate, complete, timely and consistent data on all types of waste.
The measures are likely to cost £3.4 million, with the majority of money spent on developing new IT systems.
A consultation has been launched and is open to the comments of local authorities and waste management companies until January 7, 2005.
Environment minister Elliot Morley said: Major advancements can be made in our collective management of
all waste streams if we have better evidence and greater understanding of the challenges.