Weekly collections doubtful in Waste Review

The Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman will outline the proposals for the government's waste strategy this morning at 0930.


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The Waste Review is widely expected to shelve plans to bring back weekly bin collections.

Many councils now make fortnightly rubbish collections, which have proved unpopular with households.

The Review is likely to focus on recycling more so that councils can avoid high landfill taxes under the EU Landfill Directive.

Consultancy WSP Environment and Energy said that the waste strategy needs to focus on getting the public to cut down on the amount of waste they produce, particularly food waste.

WSP director, David Symons, said: “If the government is serious about reducing waste, it needs to make much more of a connection between waste and the consumer’s cash, rather than just relying on people’s own sense of social responsibility prompting them to recycle.

“It needs to be made clear that waste isn’t just about ‘going green’ – it’s also about saving your money. The average UK household spends £1,500 a year on food that is simply thrown away, so there are real financial incentives for cutting down on waste.” 

Edie will bring you more on the Waste Review details later today from our waste editor.

Alison Brown

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