Audit Commission launches waste study

The Audit Commission has launched a study examining local authority progress in meeting landfill diversion and recycling targets.

Due in January 2008, the study will review progress against targets, model the costs to councils under different scenarios and evaluate the quality of strategic planning and local decision-making.

The Commission also confirmed that it is considering further studies looking at councils’ engagement with the public regarding waste minimisation and recycling, and procurement and planning issues for residual waste facilities.

The study follows reports last year by the Office of Government Commerce and the Office of Fair Trading that warned the slow pace of agreeing waste disposal contracts was a major obstacle to diverting waste from landfill (ENDS Report 377, pp 28-31 ).

Another study by the National Audit Office said household waste recycling must reach almost 50% by 2013 if England is to meet its landfill targets (ENDS Report 379, pp 43-44 ).