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Waste - 24 September 2009

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A round up of key recent events in local government over the last seven days

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.


1) Less Waste

The total waste collected by local authorities fell by 3% last year, according to recent figures. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ latest waste management statistics shows that total municipal waste decreased from 28.5m to 27.7m tonnes in the year ending December 2008, while the rubbish sent to landfill fell from 15.5m to 14.2m tonnes, reflecting greater recycling by households. (Defra report)

2) Selective landfill ban

Government commissioned research has found that banning some materials from landfill may drive down the proportion of waste dumped to as little as one per cent. The research, which looks at overseas experience of selectively banning landfilling of materials, will inform future policy. (Defra report)

3) Shortlist for PFI contract

Staffordshire CC has shortlisted two waste firms for its 25-year private finance initiative waste contract. The shortlisted bidders for the project, which will include an energy-from-waste facility to process 300,000 tonnes, are MVV Umwelt and Veolia ES Aurora. (MRW report)

4) Fortnightly collections

Increasing waste collection to once a fortnight does not lead to increased health risks, a new study has shown. But the study, carried out by the Waste and Resources Action Programme, says more work is needed to assess the risks posed by bioaerosols. (WRAP report)



County criticised by neighbour over waste plan (LGCplus report)




Scottish wastes and resources conference, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, 6-7 October, Glasgow.


Chartered Institute of Wastes Management presidential dinner, 20 October, London.



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