Cuts to bring banks, food waste collections and household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) are all being considered by local authorities in a bid to save money.
Waste consultancy AEA global practice director for waste management Adam Read told MRW how he had been working with local authorities to find solutions for their tight budgets.
He said: “Councils are looking at the different services they provide and then trying to see which ones would have the biggest impact if they were cut, while looking at those that could be delivered more affordably.
He said bring banks and food waste collections were two main targets for cuts. Some HWRCs have already been closed.
“Local authorities are changing the way they work, deciding which contractor they are going to work with and on what services that will give them the most value for money – and they need to do this quickly,” Read said. “In some cases, it may mean working with groups of other authorities that, historically, they may have held in high esteem.”
He said that new legislation surrounding the Localism Bill could also affect a council’s ability to hit the targets of reduced budgets.
”Local decisions are going to be, to a degree, delegated to residents, meaning a longer process will have to take place before a decision is made. This will, in turn, indirectly impact on other services – the downside of the Bill.
“Local authority waste departments are going to get hit more than any other front-line service because it’s expensive to provide and every resident is affected, unlike with social care, libraries or schools.”