Consultation Time

Nov 24, 2010 by

This week we received another letter asking for views on whether to cut recycling and reuse credits.  I guess all councils are reviewing their costs ready for next financial year but they have not all asked for opinions from recipients of the credits.  I will expect more letters to arrive shortly. The tricky thing is how to get the message across to the people who will ultimately decide on what will be cut.  I’m trying to spell out as clearly as possible the advantages recycling and reuse credit schemes have to the councils but it’s not an easy area to understand. Yesterday I responded to a new approach from Cumbria who have opened up a public consultation and invited responses.  It’s good to feel part of a discussion and hear the views of other...

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Meetings, meetings

Nov 15, 2010 by

It’s been a busy couple of weeks attending conferences and a workshop but I think now is the time I need to be working hard to talk to as many people as possible about recycling and reuse credits, while budgets are being set. I went to the Civil Society and Waste Workshop at DEFRA.  Many people remarked that they had made a detailed response to the Call for Evidence and were not sure how useful the meeting was.  I felt it was good to hear what other people’s experiences were and raise awareness of Recycling and Reuse Credits to those who didn’t know what they were.  All charities are worried that the credits may be stopped in a short term desire to cut costs. They all said if that happened they would be unable...

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From LARAC Conference

Nov 5, 2010 by

At the LARAC conference this week, several of the speakers cautioned local authorities against making cuts in the short term which would end up costing more in the long term.  The withdrawal of recycling credits will result in organisations not providing councils with the data they need to show the Environment Agency they are making progress towards UK and EU landfill targets.  With landfill targets increasing each year, councils will be penalised...

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Recycling Credits – the Future...

Nov 2, 2010 by

Recycling and Reuse Credits are an excellent example of collaboration between charities and local authorities. Charities which collect waste on behalf of local authorities should be rewarded according to guidance set out by DEFRA. http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/partnerwork/rcs.htm Spending cuts are putting this funding source at risk.  The need to make savings in the short term has resulted in local authorities reviewing recycling credits.  If they decide to stop this mutually beneficial scheme the long term costs will be...

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