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Collection costs at four year low

Councils’ waste collection costs have declined to the lowest level in real terms since 2008, figures from Defra have suggested.

In its Annual Report and Accounts 2013–14, the department indicated that last year local authorities spent £140.40 per household for waste management activities.

This is 1.3% less than in 2011-12 if constant prices are considered, and 3.4% less than in 2008-09, when councils spent £145.38 per household.

“This significant reduction suggests some efficiency savings have been achieved, with reductions in the amount of waste sent to landfill being a key driver,” said Defra.

Looking at nominal prices, the cost for local authorities has increased slightly from last year, when it stood at £139.9 per household.

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