The Government must close the legal loophole to protect council tax payers from picking up the bill from Schedule 2 premises such as schools and hospitals, according to the London Councils.
Its call follows on from a joint statement by four Government departments urging public bodies like hospitals and schools not to seek changes to the way their rubbish is collected to take advantage of the service provided by councils for local residents (see MRW story).
During the recession more Schedule 2 premises are turning away from private contractors to local authorities to collect their waste because this is seen as a cheaper option.
London Councils Transport and Environment Committee chairman of the environment sub committee Cllr Irwin Van Cole said: Common sense has finally prevailed and we now have something like an agreed position for all of us to work from for next year.
The confusion has already added extra costs to waste disposal authority budgets, which has led to unnecessarily higher costs for the residents of London. It also has potential implications for our Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme allocations, which could have added even more costs in future for Londoners.
It would have also detrimentally affected boroughs recycling performance targets, and I look forward to the Government making the necessary changes to the legislation as soon as possible.