Councils Sunday 19 January 2020
15 January 2020

Pow reiterates council funding pledge

Recycling minister Rebecca Pow has reiterated that councils will receive “additional resources” to meet the net costs arising from policies set out in the Resources and Waste Strategy. Ms Pow was responding to a question from ...


With latest news for councils and past stories. More information.
Or use our News Archive below.


16 January 2020

Teignbridge could charge for recycling bins


A council in Devon has proposed introducing an £80 charge for waste and recycling containers at new-build household properties in the district from 1 April 2020. Teignbridge district council suggested the charge – which would ...

16 January 2020

Oxfordshire launches ‘Waste Wizard’ resource


Oxfordshire county council has launched an online resource called Waste Wizard to encourage residents to recycle better. The resource allows residents to check whether an item can be reused, repaired, donated or recycled – or ...

15 January 2020

Coventry MRF ‘progressing well’


Coventry council said plans for a £34.45 million regional materials recovery facility (MRF) are "progressing well” and it hopes to name the company which will build the plant this year. A site for the proposed facility has been...

14 January 2020

OPRL plays down ‘risks’ of new label


The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) has leapt to the defence of its simplified recycling label following concerns that the scheme could discourage recycling and increase contamination. In December, the not-for profit body announced...

13 January 2020

Competition drives recycling, finds ESA report


Outsourced council waste collections achieve higher recycling rates than in-house services, according to research conducted by environmental consultancy Eunomia. The findings, published in a report today (13 January) for the ...

13 January 2020

RDF sector awaits full impact of Dutch tax


With a €32.63 Euros tax now in place for exports of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) to the Netherlands, early signs are that there has been no immediate market shock in the commercial marketplace but problems await in 2020.

13 January 2020

Eunomia to research carbon impact of Devon’s waste


Environmental consultancy Eunomia has been commissioned by Devon county council to carry out an analysis of the carbon impacts of the authority’s waste management services. The project – which began in December 2019 but was ...

10 January 2020

Cornwall awards collection contract to Biffa


Biffa has been awarded an eight-year contract from Cornwall council to deliver the region’s waste collection and street cleansing services. The deal, which includes street and public open space cleansing, has the option of a ...

9 January 2020

Watford to renew Veolia contract


Watford borough council is renewing its contract with Veolia UK to deliver recycling and waste collections, street cleaning and park maintenance services for a further eight years. Starting from July 2020, the new contract will ...