Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have established a partnership in an attempt to drive up recycling and prevent waste across the conurbation.
The Resource Greater Manchester (RGM) partnership will provide a strategic programme of work to help Greater Manchester achieve its ambitions towards zero waste.
With European guidance still going through the bureaucratic process and national policy seemingly well down the pecking order, local and regional authorities can take the reins and steer their areas into a more circular way of living.
Keep Britain Tidy has launched a new campaign to combat the alarming rise in criminal fly-tipping, #CrimeNotToCare, targeting ‘ordinary people’ to promote awareness of the dangers of using unlicensed waste carriers.
Two councils have announced plans to move on from waste contracts with Veolia in the next year, with East Cambridgeshire opting for a Teckal solution and Rushmoor choosing Serco to take on its waste service.
Wales is closer than ever to reaching its 2025 recycling, reuse and composting target of 70 per cent, with the latest government statistics for the 12 months to September 2016 reporting a rate of 62 per cent, a four per cent increase on 2015.
The UK needs to have a national debate on future recycling targets to establish a framework for the resource sector post-Brexit, says the Environmental Industries Commission, although other commentators have suggested the matter might not be in the UK’s hands.