The chair of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee has slammed The Daily Telegraphs report on local councils being bullied by ministers to end weekly refuse collections, saying it was utter nonsense.
Speaking to MRW Lee Marshall said that the Telegraphs report was an ill-informed story on waste management and recycling and it did not help take recycling services forward in the UK.
This is utter nonsense. Local authorities have chosen alternate weekly collections (AWCs) by their own choice. I am not aware of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs forcing local authorities to take up AWC.
The Telegraph survey found that at least 155 councils almost half of all English authorities had abandoned weekly collections. It also claimed that councils are opting for AWCs to save money.
Marshall added: AWCs are potentially a more cost-effective way of introducing new recycling services. By opting for AWCs the increase in cost is less than introducing new services on a weekly basis because we would be adding more cost to improve services anyway on a weekly basis.
One size does not fit all, not every council has to do it [AWCs]. There is a degree of local flexibility to do the best for each area.
Articles like these are unhelpful because it is not helping to address behavioural change. Waste is the publics fault and the councils problem. We need to address peoples purchase behaviour to reduce the amount of waste they create.
Councils are here to solve the waste problem not cause it. We are trying to provide solutions to other peoples problems.
This is another unhelpful ill-informed story on waste management and recycling and its not helping take recycling services forward in the UK.
Image: LARAC Chair Lee Marshall