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Waste review could “lean on councils” to introduce weekly food waste collections

The Government’s review of waste policy is expected to scrap Landfill Allowance Trading Schemes (LATS) and could “lean on” councils to introduce weekly food waste collections, according to a Local Government Group (LGG) briefing note seen by MRW.

The document outlines a number of waste policy areas expected to be covered in the Government’s review response, including the notion of a ’no one size fits all’ approach to waste collections.

The note said: “There is a risk, however, that the review may ‘lean’ on councils to introduce weekly food waste collections without mandating them in a way which would require the Government to provide additional funding under the new burdens arrangements.”

The note adds that the review is widely expected to end LATS at the end of the 2012/13 scheme year, as well as removing the statutory duty to produce joint municipal waste management strategies by local authorities. The Government is also “understood” to be publishing a detailed waste infrastructure planning policy in November 2011.

A Local Government Association spokesman explained that the document was an internal briefing note, designed to speculate on the outcomes of the waste review.

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