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New guidance on HWRCs

WRAP has published new guidance on the management of household waste & recycling centres (HWRCs).

The information is aimed at local authority officers, waste management companies and third sector reuse partners.

The guide provides advice and supporting evidence on efficient and cost-effective HWRC management.

Linda Crichton, head of collections and quality at WRAP, says: “The increasing efforts of local authorities and contractors to improve HWRC services has helped drive significant improvements in HWRC recycling performance in recent years.

“However, while local authority budgets continue to be squeezed, HWRC services are naturally an area where councils are looking to be more cost-effective.”

Crichton said the guidance contained examples of good practice in and provided advice on how to improve performance and cut costs. 

It includes the South London Waste Partnership where improvements to infrastructure and operations, the introduction of material diversion targets, and enhanced contract management had saved £876,000 in landfill tax costs in four years. 

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