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Waste and recycling commitment delayed until October

A revised recycling and waste services commitment for local authorities has been delayed until October.

The revised local authority Recycling & Waste Services Commitment, which would have developed the 2009 Waste Collection Commitment drawn up between WRAP and local authorities, was due for publication in June.

A Defra spokesman told MRW that this has now been delayed until October due to the arrival of conference season, which prevents the publication of policy announcements.

A spokesman said: “The household waste commitment will offer clarity to householders around what they should expect from their waste services, so it’s important to get it right. We aim to publish later in the autumn.”

According to the Government’s waste review, the revised commitment, which has been worked on by WRAP and the Local Government Association, is to be a “stronger statement of a willingness to make it easier for householders to do the right thing” and will include examples of best practice.

For more on what the industry expects from the waste and recycling commitment see this week’s issue of MRW.


Readers' comments (1)

  • It is essential that the revised commitment - if one is necessary- should not lose the main purpose of the original: to give customers a simple plain english statement of what they should expect from their local waste services. Nor should the Commitment be used to steer local authorities to adopt any particular style of collection. That must remain a local decision.

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