Local authorities still face barriers to building waste infrastructure despite financial and political pressure to deliver them, according to Local Government Association chairman Paul Bettison.
His comments came as a response to findings from the Audit Commission report Well Disposed: responding to the waste challenge.
Bettison said: Local people and local councils deserve great credit for the steps that have been taken to increase our recycling rates. However, there remains a pressing need to do more to reduce this countrys reliance on dumping rubbish in the ground.
Councils are pulling out the stops to deliver projects that will deal with waste. But the reality is the Government has hit the council taxpayer with a £1.5 billion bill over the next three years by going back on its undertaking to refund money raised through landfill tax to local authorities.
There remain many barriers to building the waste disposal plants that the country needs. The Government should at least join local councils in making the case for these new facilities.
Image: Local Government Association chairman Paul Bettison