Ongoing residential waste surveys in Leicestershire will not delay the submission of the countys PFI outline business case (OBC), according to the council.
A spokesman explained that the research will help to inform future waste infrastructure but that research will still continue after the OBC has been submitted. He said that it was likely that a final OBC would be sent to the Government on the deadline date, April 30. More details of the plan will be published by the council in early May.
The survey, which involves four seasonal surveys, started in November 2007 and is looking at the types and amounts of materials being thrown away. It is also examining how waste habits have changed over time.
Autumn results found, on average, households are throwing away 7.3kg of waste each week and recycling another 4.7kg. In some areas, as many as 94% of households are making use of recycling schemes compared to 50% in others. Results from the winter survey were said to be similar.
Council deputy leader Nicholas Rushton said: "This study will help Leicestershire to understand changing waste trends which will allow the authorities to continuously expand and improve its waste services.
The final summer survey will be in June.