The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) is urging Defra to reinstate a full 12 week consultation period for its consultation on consistent collections, declaring the reduced timescale of eight weeks as “unacceptable”.
The delayed consultation published by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs today (7 May) will run until the 4 July, and introduces proposals for consistent recycling collections in England from 2023.
While Larac said it welcomes the release of the document, it has expressed great concern that the consultation period does not allow enough time, considering it covers “key policy changes”.
Carole Taylor, Larac chair, commented: “There is a lot of frustration about the short period for this consultation. We would urge Defra to review this immediately and reinstate a full 12-week consultation period, as government consultation guidance recommends. Regardless of the timescale I would urge all local authorities to take the time to properly consider this hugely important consultation and respond meaningfully to them. The outputs from this consultation will shape local authority waste services for the next twenty years and so we need to get them right.”
In the document, Defra confirms the proposal of free garden waste collections and weekly food waste collections for all.
Larac expressed disappointment that the government is pursuing the imposition of free garden waste services, despite the strong opposition to it from local authorities in the 2019 consultation.
Concerns also remain over the cost implications of food waste collections for local authorities, however, Larac welcomed the confirmation from Defra that it will cover upfront and transitional costs.