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Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has commissioned or undertaken into the average costs of (i) alternate weekly collection and (ii) weekly collection of household rubbish. (143492)

A Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) research project is currently in progress, entitled “Cost and Performance—Collection Systems”. Phase 1 is analysing the cost models used by a number of consultants active in the municipal waste management sector, with the aim of comparing and estimating the costs of a number of common waste collection systems, including alternate week collection. Phase 2 will involve a detailed appraisal of the costs and performance of the more common kerbside recycling and collection systems, again including alternate week collection. A full report will be available later this year.

DEFRA and WRAP have also funded work to appraise different waste collection options for particular local authorities, in some cases looking at alternate week collection, following requests from these authorities.