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Councils face 'force majeure' over kerbside contracts due to China

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“Even using the resources they have, in terms of communications and education [councils] haven’t done a particular good job otherwise why would contamination in commingled collections be reaching 20%?” I find this particular quote from Simon Ellin to be immensely unfair. It is a well-known fact that one of the first things to be cut from local authority waste budgets is communication. Some authorities work under very challenging circumstances where a large proportion of their population is transient, does not speak English as their first language and where property types such as flats and HMOs make up a high proportion of the housing stock. Challenging circumstances such as these need ongoing targeted communications which is labour intensive and costly. Many authorities simply cannot afford to fund it under ever decreasing budgets. Perhaps the private sector would like to put some money where their mouths are and work with their clients to improve the quality rather than pointing the blame. We all have much to gain from improved quality.

Posted date

15 March, 2018

Posted time

4:57 pm

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