The final survey from The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) on the impacts of Covid-19 on local authority waste services in England shows services continuing to return to normal, though disruption continues.
Waste management company Veolia will begin a 10-year contract on Monday 7 September to deliver household waste collections and street cleansing services in Chiltern, Wycombe and South Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire Council has announced.
Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) has written to the Magistrates Association to call for stronger punishment for fly-tippers after the county spent £1 million cleaning up dumped waste and carrying out investigations.
ADEPT’s Covid-19 impacts survey reveals that 16 per cent of councils are experiencing severe disruption to commercial waste collection services, up from no accounts of severe disruption in the last survey, though other services are continuing their return to normal.
Government ministers have criticised ‘excessively tight’ restrictions at HWRCs following their re-opening in a letter to local authorities, sparking disappointment over the letter’s ‘tone’ from local authority associations.
Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on the future of recycling in the country as it seeks to reach a 65 per cent recycling rate by 2035.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the government to accelerate the transition to a circular economy as part of a Covid-19 recovery plan that prioritises the climate crisis, reiterating its call for a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025.