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Environment Bill On Household Waste Collections For 2023

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The latest Government plans for nationalising bin collections has left councils wondering how it will impact household waste collections from 2023. 

The plans mean that councils will be ordered to collect food waste, glass and recyclable waste on a weekly basis by 2023. The result could mean that regular collection of is delayed in order to keep up with the Government schedule. 

Across the UK only 67 councils have kept weekly collections with the vast majority of the 341 local authorities changing to waste collections every fortnight. There are warnings that the Environment Bill plans which were revealed in the recent Queen’s Speech will make monthly collections more likely. 

Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard has stated: “People just want their bins collected on time. This has nothing to do with recycling, it’s because Conservative governments have spent the past 11 years cutting council budgets to the bone.”

There is already disparity in areas across the UK. For example wheelie bins work well in urban areas but in rural areas kerbside collections are more difficult.

Progress on recycling waste has plateaued since 2015, even though around 45% of household waste was recycled last year. 

The Bill also included the right for householders to have free garden waste collections which would cost £100 million annually, regardless of whether a person lives in a flat with no garden. 

Residents will also have the right to free garden waste collections costing £100million a year – even those who live in blocks of flats without gardens.

Cllr David Renard, of the Local Government Association, said: “Councils know their local areas best and should decide locally how recycling and household waste is collected. Any new requirements must also be fully funded.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice said he would aim for fortnightly collections of household waste.

He added: “Our proposals will boost recycling rates and ensure less rubbish is condemned to landfill.”

With the Government unclear as to how councils will be supported to deliver on the plans it is important to consider the place for private waste collections. 

Between now and when the plans become a reality we are here to support householders to dispose of excess waste responsibly and legally. 

Contact us for more information about waste collections in your area.

Fly Tipping Predicted To Increase in 2018

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Waste news in 2017 seemed to be dominated by two major things – the reduction in kerbside bin collection by many councils in the UK and the rise in fly tipping in areas across the country. The latter is seen to be a direct result of the reduction in bin collections with householders looking to offload quite literally anywhere, rather than dispose of waste lawfully.
It is predicted that in 2018 the trend for a rise in fly tipping incidents could increase and with the last financial year reporting an equivalent of 114 incidents an hour this is a depressing thought.
There are however plans to try to change how those caught fly tipping are dealt with including the possible introduction of fixed penalties rather than put people through the courts. This is just one consideration that is the possible result of an ongoing Government consultation.
It is of course already illegal to allow someone without a licence to remove waste but the punishment can be a long process. Treating those that fly tip by way of a fixed penalty notice could add a further deterrent.
Part of the Government consultation could even see householders taken to task for failing to take ‘reasonable measures’ when hiring someone to clear their excess household waste. The proposals could see fines up to £400 if found liable in these circumstances, the idea being that putting the onus on employing a legitimate waste removal carrier in the first place. Councils can already issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly tipping offences but this could see the responsibility to pass to the householder to find a reputable and licensed waste carrier.
Local councils via the Local Government Association are keen to quash any connection between charging for bin collections such as garden waste and the increase in fly tipping. They argue that easier reporting methods have contributed to the rise in fly tipping figures. However on the ground there are visibly more problems with people dumping waste elsewhere and general discontent with collection methods and frequency of collections.

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