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LGA Wants More Powers to Tackle Waste

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Wants More Powers to Tackle Waste

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Town halls have called on ministers to strengthen their powers after the government drew attention to the blight and costs of fly-tipping.

The Local Government Association said councils should be able to charge households directly for their waste, while producers and consumers should be obliged to recompense councils for the costs of disposing of packaging, electrical equipment and batteries.

The LGA's four-point 'mini-manifesto' on waste was launched this week in the face of new government figures which showed that the monthly costs of clearing up small-scale tips now tops £2.5m.

Jim Harker, vice-chair of the LGA's environment board, said: 'Local authorities must be given discretionary powers to help encourage people to take more responsibility for the way they throw their rubbish away and produce less waste in the first place.

'Councils need to be given new powers to charge households directly for the waste they throw away, and the government should take a firmer line with producers to ensure waste packaging is kept to a minimum'.

The LGA also called for tough action on single-use items - such as disposable nappies - and proper funding to enable councils to meet the waste disposal obligations set out under European directives. …

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