More rules on joint waste authorities

Further regulations on joint waste authorities (JWAs) came into force in February.1 They outline what information councils must submit to the Environment Department (DEFRA) if they want to form a JWA.

DEFA is keen to see the creation of more JWAs to improve efficiency in waste collection, disposal and street cleaning.

Under the regulations, councils must provide details of potential cost savings and environmental benefits. They must outline how the partnership will still meet each member council’s targets for less biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill by 2020. And they must provide details of existing waste contracts, and why they will cancel any once a JWA is formed.

DEFRA has also issued guidance on the new regulations.2 The department says seven groups of councils have submitted an expression of interest in forming JWAs:

  • Three Rivers, Watford and Hertsmere councils
  • West Devon, South Hams and Teignbridge councils
  • Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury councils
  • Reading, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham councils, which already have a 25-year waste disposal contract together (ENDS Report 382, p 13 )
  • All Gloucestershire councils except South Gloucestershire
  • All Buckinghamshire councils, except Milton Keynes

    All Dorset councils, except Poole and Bournemouth

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