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News analysis: Government sinks its clause into the waste management sector

It is an idea that can be traced as far back as Labour's 1997 election manifesto, but when the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill is finally passed through parliament, local authorities will no longer have to contract out their waste disposal functions. Clause 47 of the Bill abolishes the requirement in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for waste disposal authorities to hand over their disposal facilities to private companies. Sir Paul Beresford, who helped draw ...