Suez wins £210m Somerset waste contract
Suez has picked up one of the largest waste contracts in the country after being named as preferred bidder for Somerset Waste Partnership’s overhaul of collections.
Can you afford not to respond to the Resources and Waste consultations?
The Government has explicitly committed to funding councils to implement the proposals in Defra’s new Resources and Waste strategy, says Peter Maddox. It needs local government input to the consultations that are open until mid-May.
City of London bids for first in electric bin collections
City of London Council is expected to become the first authority in the country to run a fully electric fleet of refuse vehicles.
Shock tactics in the war on waste
As large cities continue to grow we must get smarter at dealing with waste, says Nick Kemp. He outlines how Newcastle City Council's communications team came up with a 10-tonne high way of grabbing people’s attention and keeping them engaged.
Birmingham bin dispute cost council £6m
Birmingham City Council has settled an industrial dispute with refuse workers that has cost the authority almost £6m.
Controversial enforcement firm loses second contract
A controversial enforcement firm has had its second council contract terminated within a matter of months.
Birmingham officers deny union accusations of 'inflammatory' reports
Senior officers at Birmingham City Council have rejected a trade union’s claims their reports have been ‘inflammatory, defamatory and inaccurate’.
The final countdown
Dan Peters reports on how local authorities are making contingency plans for Brexit while also endeavouring to maintain an open dialogue with the relevant UK agencies.
Council leaders insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’
Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.
Union seeks injunction against Birmingham in long-running bin dispute
Unite is taking high court legal action against Birmingham City Council for operating refuse vehicles without safety critical role.
A wasteful proposal
A universal free garden waste collection service cannot represent an efficient use of Government resources, even if funding could be extracted from packaging producers, says Ian Miller
Hundreds of Birmingham refuse workers to strike weekly
More than 300 refuse workers have announced they will begin two days of strike action a week in an escalation of the ongoing industrial dispute with Birmingham City Council.
We are ready to engage with councils to achieve higher recycling levels
The Government’s recently published Resources & Waste Strategy for England sets an ambitious course for the future. WRAP is ready to engage with councils to help deliver the shared goal of higher recycling, says Peter Maddox
Outsourcers back new recycling funding model
Outsourcing giants have backed moves to force manufacturers to pay the costs of recycling their products.
The Government's Resources and Waste Strategy is ambitious and visionary
Government's new Resources and Waste Strategy provides the framework for reinvigorating the sector and brings some much longed for good news to local authority waste and recycling officers, says Victoria Hutchin.
Councils back £1bn boost to tackle recycling
Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s new waste plans, which aims to encourage businesses and manufacturers to use easily recyclable packaging.
One in 5 councils affected by China's waste ban
One in five councils have been directly affected by China’s ban on imported waste over the past year, according to a new survey.
Neighbourhood services a 'serious concern'
A new report has highlighted 'serious concerns' over the future quality of neighbourhood services unless councils receive adequate funding in next spring's Spending Review.
Down in the dumps
Diary spends a lot of time defending council officers from claims that they’re a bunch of lazy jobsworths.
Conwy defends ‘monthly’ bins regime amid complaints
Conwy Council has defended its decision to move to monthly rubbish collections, amid claims a local trial led to increased fly-tipping and unsanitary streets.