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LGA launches waste management review

The group representing local authorities is reviewing the waste management sector and has called on interested groups to take part.

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The review by the Local Government Association (LGA) is intended to set out recommendations for Government and include examples of best practice for local authorities to follow.

Dan McCartney, adviser to the LGA, told MRW: “Local government wants to get on the front foot, be proactive about how we see waste management associated policy development.”

A LGA board paper (21 November) indicated the review will consider both household and commercial waste, and proposes the review should encompass many topics including: charging residents and businesses, leveraging funding from packaging producers, the increasing the number of products or materials banned from landfill, and retaining and strengthening environmental protection powers related to waste.

The paper also suggested good practice case studies could include effective use of technology, efficiency savings, changing behaviour to recycling, creating an income from recycling and using enforcement powers effectively.

The document outlined the review aims as setting the agenda and leading the policy direction for “reducing waste, increasing and mainstreaming reuse and increasing recycling and waste management whilst reducing cost pressures”

“It’s a time of challenge and opportunity for local government, with a lot of funding challenges for councils, which we anticipate will be getting worse over time. Waste management is an area where councils spend a lot of money - it’s the top three biggest spends by local government, so it is ripe for us to spend time in discussion with the key stakeholders to put together our suggestions for how things might develop over the coming years,” said McCartney.

He added that some industry figures had been disappointed by the lack of ambition of the 2011 Defra waste review but that the LGA was keen to produce something that was ambitious.

A call for evidence started on 3 January, and the LGA told MRW it expected to close the period for responses in mid-February, followed by meetings with key stakeholders with completion of the review due around May.


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