Councils forced to suspend waste services due to staff shortages
Several local authorities have been forced to reduce or suspend waste and recycling services due to staff having to self-isolate and a national shortage of drivers.
Significant procurement challenges lie ahead for districts
Procurement is likely to involved significant challenges for district councils now and in the years ahead, says Ian Miller. 'It remains to be seen whether national or local priorities will govern councils' purchases'.
DEFRA’s simplistic proposals are as doomed to fail
The waste collection business is complicated, says chair of the District Councils' Network Cllr John Fuller. 'It requires attention to detail and a recognition that different streets in a borough can have different requirements.'
Uproar at move towards 'national bin service'
Councils are preparing to fight government plans to create what they fear will be a ‘national bin service’.
Beyond waste: delivering a circular economy
Martin Pollard at Local Partnerships outlines the circular economy of waste management in Wales.
Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike
Thurrock BC has said it is ‘outraged’ workers in its waste and recycling department have decided to continue to strike.
The sector needs to reflect the trust placed in us by the public
The message from the public is loud and clear, says Paul O’Brien. ‘They like, value and trust local neighbourhood level services’. He asks: 'So, will this public trust in councils continue? To use a lawyer’s response "it all rather depends".'
Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID
The findings of a new opinion poll show the public trusts councils more than Government on the response to COVID, says APSE.
Recycle Week is so important, this year of all years
As Recycle Week starts, director of WRAP UK Peter Maddox highlights the public’s high levels of satisfaction with waste collections and renewed momentum in Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy.
The challenge of bringing street cleaning, refuse and recycling back in-house
Bringing back street cleaning, refuse and recycling under the control of Ealing LBC during COVID-19 was by no means easy, but Kevin O’Leary believes ‘we have exceeded expectations’.
Councils under pressure over worker safety
Local authorities are under increasing pressure to resolve issues of social distancing for refuse and other workers, with no clear guidance available.
Councils are at the heart of this fight
Councils’ understanding of the communities they serve and ability to disseminate information to residents, including ‘at risk’ groups, will be universally relied upon over the coming weeks, writes Sir Bob Neill.
Firms say government needs to do more
Key firms providing services to councils have welcomed measures to mitigate the damaging effects of the Covid-19 crisis but said more needs to be done.
East Riding top of recycling rates
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has topped the Government’s list of local authority recycling rates in England for 2018/2019.
Councils plan for Kier exit
Councils have been making plans after Kier decided to exit the waste industry.
Council waste collections to undergo multi-million pound overhaul
Newcastle-under-Lyme BC is to give its waste service a £3.6m overhaul.
Brum bin apology
Birmingham City Council has agreed to apologise to 17 people after the Local Government Ombudsman criticised it for repeated missed bin collections.
Making the relationship work
Dean Wetteland, managing director of England's biggest local authority trading company Norse Group, advises on the steps councils thinking of entering the commercial world should consider.
Birmingham budget heading for £17m overspend
Issues with bin lorries are contributing to a £17m projected overspend by Birmingham City Council.
MPs: Government waste strategy overly-prescriptive
The Government’s proposed waste strategy is ‘overly-prescriptive’ and local authorities should be given the freedom to tailor their approach, MPs have said.