MPs back freedom over recycling

The government shouldn’t impose ‘rigid requirements’ on councils within the group of commercial rubbish collection and recycling in families, a Committee of MPs has said today (5 September).

This was one of the findings of this Home, Communities and Local Authorities (HCLG) Committee’s inquiry into the consequences of their Resources and Waste Strategy on local governments.

Plans outlined at the Waste and Resources Strategy include mandating all regional authorities in England to get collections of food waste, and the government is currently contemplating a service standard of weekly assortment for waste.

Standards

The latter could be subject to an appraisal of worth and value’. The government is currently planning to prepare advice on service criteria for recycling and waste.

However, the Committee has advocated authorities to make certain that councils have freedom of choice over their services, particularly over the amount of echoing remarks throughout the question from authority amounts.

“A balance has to be struck between requiring local governments to improve recycling and waste management, and the capacity of local councils to determine the best means of accomplishing this,” the Committee stated.

The Committee also called for more data on the sources of funding to be able to fulfill the costs arising such as expenses and continuing operations which local governments will get.

“There needs to be greater clarity of how this money is going to be passed to local governments and the Government must commit to project a normal review of their funding levels it provides,” that the Committee added.

Strategy

“But, we think that the government has put the incorrect strategy for attaining these aims. The authorities shouldn’t seek to dictate what will be determined by decision-makers.

“In ascertaining how frequently waste ought to be gathered, the number of recycling bins or what components ought to be billed to get the government seems to have forgotten that everything works in rural areas might not be acceptable for cities. Local governments know the challenges are in their regions and needs to be granted the freedom to tailor their strategy to fulfill them.”