Three-weekly collections; Call to reduce portion sizes; Waste complaints in Swindon; Compliance free deadline.
Blaenau Gwent opts for three-weekly collections
Blaenau Gwent Borough Council has opted to collect its residual waste every three weeks, having initially considered a four-weekly option.
The move is expected to increase recycling rates by up to 10%, according to the council.
“While three weeks may seem like a lengthy collection of residential waste, there are improvements to be made in the way that we recycle. Currently only 54% of waste is recycled,” said Cllr David White, executive member for waste management and recycling.
Restaurants urged to reduce portion sizes
Portion sizes must be reduced to combat obesity and reduce food waste, say health experts who are calling on restaurants to lead the charge themselves.
Speaking to Sky News, Jenny Morris, policy officer at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said portion sizes in the UK were too big. “I think that it is business that needs to lead on it because it is business that is in control. It hasn’t always been the focus up until now,” she said.
Surge in waste complaints in Swindon
Waste and recycling complaints to Swindon Council have almost doubled since last year.
Cllr Derique Montaut said the increase was directly linked to the introduction of a green waste charge.
Numerous spots around the town, such as Lennox Drive in Walcot, have become dumping grounds for flytipped green waste after an annual £40 green waste charge was introduced in 2013.
BIS deadline for WEEE compliance fee proposals
Tomorrow is the deadline for suggestions for a methodology to set compliance fees for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Compliance fees are penalties that producer compliance schemes can decide to pay if they cannot meet their annual obligations under the WEEE regulations.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills invited proposals in August and expects to approve compliance fees by mid-February.