Britain was yesterday given a five-year EU deadline to embrace German-style rubbish recycling and told it must recycle up to 30% more waste every year, reports The Guardian(p7). The mandatory 'step change in recycling culture' was approved by the European parliament and is likely to force the government to institute doorstep collections of discarded packaging waste for every household.
The Guardian(p12) reports that Urdu-speaking Mohammed Younis says his limited English does not stop him knowing his constituents or performing the role for which he was elected to Manchester City Council.
£50 TAB FOR DROPPED FAGS
A Calderdale MBC 'hit squad' of a dozen plain clothes litter wardens is patrolling the town of Halifax to hunt down and punish cigarette-end litterbugs with £50 on-the-spot fines, an operation which has already caught out more than 50 smokers. There are no signs to give warning of the penalty, which says it has introduced in response to public demand for something to be done about litter, reports The Times(p3).
LGA CONFERENCE: LAUNCH OF FORUM FOR YOUNG COUNCILLORS
In the words of The Guardian(p13), British town halls 'risk becoming Darby and Joan clubs', with increasingly ageing councillors led by an unchallenged old guard, a local government moderniser warned at the LGA conference yesterday. Research shows the average age of councillors has risen to 57, with almost 40% retired, which prompted the head of the Improvement and Development Agency, Paul Wheeler, to accuse political parties of freezing out younger talent because they felt threatened by change.
RUNWAYS UNDERTAINTY LEAVES THOUSANDS OF HOMES IN LIMBO
More than 340,000 people face a decade of blight because ministers are reluctant to be specific about when and where new runways should be built, reports The Times(p8). Transport secretary Alistair Darling promised to end the uncertainty by this December by publishing a White Paper setting out a plan for airport development, but ministers are now retreating from that commitment and both the aviation industry and anti-expansion groups fear the debate will be left unresolved.