Positives we can take from the COVID-19 pandemic
It’s taken a crisis for people to recognise the vital roles performed by street cleaners and social care staff, as well as supermarket workers and delivery drivers, writes Claire Kober.
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.
Most councils still providing normal waste collections, survey reveals
The majority of councils have been able to provide a normal waste and recycling collection service, a new survey has revealed.
Corbynism triumphs just as he leaves the political stage
The country has 'gone Corbynite', says Michael Burton, and the public has rediscovered its love of public sector workers. Not just the usual nurses and doctors but refuse workers, care staff, social workers, cleaners, and public health employees.
Councils need a breathing space
Councils’ priorities are now focused on fighting coronavirus, says Ian Miller – and this urgently requires a Government-wide approach suspending policy and legislative initiatives for at least three months.
Recycling driving Biffa profits
Waste contractor Biffa is expecting strong results this year thanks to its recycling operations.
Suez posts ‘solid’ results
The waste company was bolstered by its municipal recycling operations in the UK.
Uncertainty puts East Lothian procurement on hold
Uncertainty over the future of waste and recycling in Scotland has led to East Lothian Council pushing back procurement of a contract for bin collections.
Grime and punishment: cleaning up Christmas
Anne Marie Scott, director of human resources at Oxford Direct Services (ODS) talks about how the behind-the-scene heroes are recruited, retained and rewarded for the huge annual post-Christmas challenge.
Kier shares surge on trading update
Investors have issued a vote of confidence in Kier’s efforts to turn around the business with a jump in its share price.
Scottish councils sign £700m contract to ‘transform waste’
Five Scottish councils have signed a contract that will divert up to 190,000 tonnes of black bag waste from landfill.
Lund’s missed the target
Football and music have in the past made a perfect match.
Cornwall awards waste contract after procurement delay
Cornwall Council has appointed Biffa to provide its waste collection service after scaling back its contract demands.
Outsourcing boosts recycling rates - study
Outsourced waste collections are achieving higher recycling rates than in-house services, new research has suggested.
Amey environment and utilities businesses to 'go on sale'
Amey is putting its environment and waste and utilities businesses up for sale, according to reports.
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.
Viridor reaps rewards from recycling and waste treatment
Lucrative recycling and waste contracts at Viridor have driven up profits for its parent company Pennon Group.
Wiltshire leads the way in the climate challenge
Friends of the Earth put Wiltshire at the top of the list of most climate-friendly areas in England. Alistair Cunningham outlines how the council will set about achieving its aim for council and county to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Suez begins €1bn cost cutting
Waste specialist Suez has announced it will make efficiency savings of €1bn as part of a company restructure.
We can't tackle climate change alone
This summer, councillors in Craven voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency – joining a couple of hundred other local authorities across the country.