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Waste Management

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance has been issued to waste collection authorities by (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme on (a) closed lid and (b) no-side waste collections. (204500)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 869W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction and commencement of joint waste authorities. (204502)

Powers to create joint waste authorities (JWA) commenced on 27 March 2008 under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional, Saving and Transitory Provision) Order 2008 (S.I. No. 2008/917).

Secondary legislation is required to establish the application details for becoming a JWA. This is currently subject to a consultation, available on DEFRA’s website, with a closing date of 9 June. After the consultation has been completed, we expect that the regulations will be laid in Parliament and finalised during autumn/winter 2008.