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Waste Disposal

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on reducing and preventing municipal waste.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

My Department works closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on these issues and the ongoing Waste Review.

Last year my Department moved to revoke guidance which pressured councils to introduce fortnightly rubbish collections.

On 11 April 2011, both Departments sent a joint letter to local authorities clarifying the legal position on backdoor bin charging. I have placed a copy of this letter in the Library of the House.

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