Municipal Waste

LARAC views the UK’s existing approach to Municipal Waste as focused too narrowly on waste collected by local authorities. This waste stream, at only 20% of the total produced, is too small to enable the environmental objectives of the EU Landfill Directive to be met and absorbs a disproportionate amount of resource and effort.

As such LARAC supports a broader definition of municipal waste for purposes of reporting against the targets set out in the EU Landfill Directive. Further analysis of commercial waste tonnages and composition is urgently required. However, LARAC generally supports the inclusion within this definition of all waste similar in composition to household waste e.g. offices and small businesses.

This will mean that, regardless of the source of waste, its environmental impacts can be monitored and managed consistently. Collectors responsible for these waste streams should be subject to the same data collection requirements as local authorities. This would enable a robust and credible monitoring methodology to be determined such as the Waste Data Flow reporting method which local authorities are required to use.

LARAC would like more transparency and accountability, with other sectors held to the same requirements. Wales has produced a sector plan for all waste sectors and LARAC views this as good practice.

LARAC agrees that biodegradable municipal waste should be measured at the point of disposal.