With everything that is happening with the rise on Covid-19 cases it may sound odd to think that in policy terms at least, we are in the calm before the storm. And while Covid-19 did impact quite significantly on the consistency, DRS and EPR consultations in 2020 there is no indication that these consultations will be delayed any further than they already have been.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have individual lockdown measures - click on the links for the latest info).
APSE, the Association for Public Service Excellence, has announced that the winner of the Best Service Team for the delivery of a Waste Management and Recycling Service is East Riding of Yorkshire Council with the council also taking the top prize as Overall Council of the Year.
The annual awards celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation within local government service delivery.
This grant scheme has been created to support the release of the 'Binfrastructure - The right bin in the right place' guidance released by WRAP on behalf of Defra in October.
The scheme is open to local authorities based in England and shall award capital grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to successful applicants for the purchase and installation of new bins, with the aim of providing infrastructure in identified litter-prone 'hotspot' locations.
WRAP would like to invite local authorities to take part in a review of Material Recovery Facility (MRF) gate fees for 2020.
WRAP is not undertaking the full gate fees survey this year. Given the chaotic nature of 2020, data is unlikely to be fully representative across all waste treatment options, and we are also conscious about placing too much time burden on organisations.