Councils in opposition to UK-wide single waste collection system

Representatives from local authority waste trade associations have argued there should not be a single system of collection across the UK as part of the government's plans to introduce consistency measures through its waste and resources strategy.

Speaking before MPs on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee yesterday, Ian Fielding, chair of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (Adept), said: “We would prefer to see an opportunity for local authorities to decide for themselves the method of collection and focus more on the outcome to be achieved.”

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He said his organisation, which represents directors from county, unitary and metropolitan authorities, advocated against “a one-size fits all type of approach”.

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