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New bill proposes end use register for LA waste

A proposed duty on local authorities to publish an “end use register of materials” has been introduced to parliament in the form of a new bill.

The Waste Recycling (End Use Register) Bill was presented as a private member’s bill, by Conservative backbench MP Peter Bottomley rather than the Coalition government.

Under the bill, waste collection and disposal authorities would have a statutory duty to provide details of what materials have been collected for recycling, as well as the end destinations for the materials and to make that information available online or at local authority offices.

Peter Bottomley MP said: “If this Bill becomes an Act, it will have a positive and tightening effect on the drive for quality and transparency in the UK recycling collection system, and it will certainly improve public confidence and participation in recycling. Improving quality of recycling material will mean more UK reprocessing of materials and more green jobs generally.”

The announcement of the bill was welcomed by May Gurney environmental services managing director Nicola Peake.

She said: “Keeping tabs on destinations is something authorities should be doing anyway and for those that are, publishing a register will not be a burden.”

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