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Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers waste collection authorities conducting pilot studies have to require the use by residents of (a) receptacles and (b) bags for the collection of household waste that the authority provides and charges for; and if he will make a statement. (192312)

Under section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 local authorities can serve notices requiring residents to use specified receptacles. Local authorities running waste incentive pilot schemes will be able to use their existing powers to specify the type of bin or bag in which residents must put their waste. The same powers of enforcement for non-compliance for such requirements will also be available to pilot authorities: i.e. an authority could bring a prosecution or, more likely, offer an individual the option of paying a fixed penalty notice. Experience shows that the most effective means of encouraging compliance with any waste collection scheme is good engagement and communications with local residents.