The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has today (31 March) launched an online survey for local authorities across England to establish the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on waste and recycling services.
Responding to a request from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), ADEPT created the survey in partnership with the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), the Local Government Association (LGA) and... More
With waste workers deemed ‘key workers’ and essential to keeping public services running, leading industry associations have raised concerns over how to keep waste operatives safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
The UK waste sector has issued a joint statement to the public urging residents to follow government advice on managing their household rubbish to minimise the spread of coronavirus to waste workers and warning of emergency service changes.
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has welcomed the government’s “pragmatic” decision to suspend MOT testing for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), including refuse collection vehicles, for three months during the coronavirus outbreak.
Waste sector workers should be designated as “key workers” so that they can gain access to childcare and continue to perform vital waste service roles during the coronavirus outbreak, says the Environmental Services Association.
Derby City Council has announced that it will be suspending its garden and food waste collections in light of the coronavirus outbreak, with general waste and dry recycling collections expected to be disrupted in the ‘coming weeks and months’.
Local authority waste services would likely be stripped back in the event of mass illness amongst waste collection staff caused by coronavirus, but services are well prepared for eventual disruption, says Lee Marshall, CEO of LARAC.
With fly-tipping reaching epidemic proportions in England, Nick Oettinger, Managing Director of The Furniture Recycling Group, looks at the issue, the underlying causes and what can be done to buck this socially and environmentally unacceptable trend.
Unite members working as refuse workers for waste management company Veolia in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over an unsettled holiday pay claim.
An independent review of Birmingham City Council’s waste services recommends that the council introduce a weekly separate food waste collection, while criticising the council’s poor communication with residents and insufficient operational oversight of its waste depots.
Unite, the trade union, has balloted its members working as refuse workers in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for strike action over unpaid holiday pay arrears, warning that bin collections and street cleaning services could stop “imminently”.
The government has reintroduced the Environment Bill to Parliament today (30 January), including new commitments to ban the export of plastic waste to developing countries and to review international developments in environmental legislation every two years.