Local Authorities: Waste Management

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th December 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities have waste minimisation strategies pursuant to provisions of (a) the Waste Minimisation Act 1998 and (b) any other enactment.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Waste Minimisation Act 1998 gave powers to waste collection or disposal authorities to take steps to minimise the generation of controlled waste in their areas.

The Government does not keep records of the number of local authorities with waste minimisation strategies. However, we would encourage local authorities to follow the waste hierarchy when planning delivery of their waste management arrangements. Guidance has been produced to help local authorities with their waste prevention planning, for instance through the Waste and Resources Action Programme Household Waste Prevention Hub:

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/developing-waste-prevention-plan.

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