‘Needless burden’: Waste and resources strategy ‘wrong approach’ for councils, say MPs

The government's waste and resources strategy risks placing a “needless burden on local authorities by enforcing a prescriptive national approach to recycling”, according to the Housing, Communities and Local Government committee (HCLG).

The committee today released its report into the government's strategy, which was published in December, and aims to overhaul the waste system.

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In it, the committee warns that by enforcing certain rules, including on the frequency of collections and which services should be charged for, the strategy does not allow the flexibility for councils to react to local conditions. It said the strategy was “needlessly rigid” and imposed demands on local authorities that would prevent them from using their local knowledge to provide services “that match local needs”.

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