Coffey urges waste firms to be flexible with local authority contracts

Waste minister Thérèse Coffey has said that DEFRA will “take a dim view” of businesses preventing councils from altering contracts to make allowances for the government’s Resources & Waste Strategy.

There are concerns that the lengthy nature of residual waste contracts can lock local authorities into low recycling rates and that contracts that include energy-from-waste (EfW) tonnages make it difficult for councils to boost their recycling rates.

Speaking in front of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on Tuesday, Coffey said: “My challenge to the [waste] industry is why would you stand in the way of a council trying to do something better in recycling?

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