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News round-up 7/1

NLWA renews contract; Cherwell costs reduction; NI extends bag levy; ESA on litter

NLWA renews LondonWaste contract

The North London Waste Authority has renewed its waste contract with its fully-owned subsidiary LondonWaste Ltd.

The contract is set to last until 1 December 2025 and includes residual waste and recyclate.

The authority serves seven London boroughs with a total population of some 1.9 million.

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Cherwell reduces collection costs

Waste collection costs in Cherwell District Council have reached their lowest point in four years thanks to a sharing services agreement and increased recycling, the local authority has said.

The council’s executive committee was told the amount spent on waste collection was £47.84 per property in 2013-14 down from £62.92 in 2009-10.

Cllr Kieron Mallon, lead member for performance, said: “As an authority, we have worked hard to protect the frontline services that matter most to our residents during times of financial uncertainty.

“Initiatives such as sharing services with South Northamptonshire Council and providing increased recycling opportunities have all helped us to make the necessary financial savings while maintaining a high level of service to the taxpayer.”

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NI extends bag levy

Northern Ireland’s environment minister has announced that the 5p levy on carrier bags will be extended to all bags priced less than 20p from 19 January 2014.

Mark H Durkan said: “We have an existing 5p levy on single use bags to prevent waste. That’s working. However, the evidence shows that sales of cheap re-usable bags have increased significantly. So we need to put a levy on them as well in order to further reduce waste.”

He noted that funds generated from the levy will continue to directly benefit local communities, helping them to both care for and enhance their own environment.

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ESA gives evidence to parliamentary inquiry into litter

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has given oral evidence to an inquiry into litter carried out by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

Jacob Hayler, ESA’s Executive Director, focused on a need for local authorities to be adequately resourced and funded to deliver street cleansing services.

“Local authority budgets are extremely stretched at this time…particularly as other waste management costs are facing upward pressure, so any source of funding that help local authorities will be welcomed,” he said.

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