A standstill in central Government funding to local authorities will affect waste services, councils have said.
On 20 February, communities secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) announced the final local government finance settlement for 2017-18.
The Local Government Association said this settlement included no new money for councils, and warned that an overall £5.8bn funding gap by 2020 would lead to significant reductions to services including waste collections.
In response to an MRW request, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (Larac) said this could include reduced frequencies of residual waste collections, changes to household waste recycling centre provision and garden waste charges.
Chief executive Lee Marshall said councils would review their services and assess whether their current contracts provided value for money.
Already this year, Peterborough and Sheffield have cut short their long-term waste contracts, and there is concern across the industry that others might follow suit in the current financial climate.
Marshall added: “Waste is competing for funding with other stretched services such as social care and education, so local authorities will have to make tough decisions about priorities.
“There is a need to look at how we get new lines of funding into local authority recycling services from things such as producer responsibility and direct charging.”