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Waste Disposal

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities for (a) street cleaning, (b) abandoned cars, (c) fly-posting removal and enforcement and (d) public conveniences the joint waste authorities will have; and what powers they will have in respect of those responsibilities. (252383)

Section 205(8) of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 sets out the waste functions which may be transferred from the relevant authorities to a joint waste authority. These are functions conferred on a local authority by or under:

(a) Part 2 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (c.43) (waste on land)—includes waste disposal and/or waste collection functions;

(b) Part 4 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (c.43) (litter etc)—includes street cleansing;

(c) Section 32 of the Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003 (c.33) (joint municipal waste management strategies)—duty to produce a joint municipal waste management strategy.

Some or all of these individual waste functions may be transferred to a joint waste authority. However, once determined by the partners involved, the whole of each waste function must be transferred to the joint waste authority, so that the new joint waste authority will be an operational body. The relevant enforcement functions will also transfer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) effect of producer responsibility packaging regulations on methods of collection of glass from commercial premises and (b) adequacy of the compliance schemes established under the regulations; and how many such schemes (i) are operational and (ii) have been discontinued. (254988)

The information is as follows:

(a) DEFRA has made no assessment of the impact of the packaging regulations on methods of glass collection from commercial premises.

(b) The compliance scheme system established under the packaging regulations has allowed the UK, and UK businesses, to achieve compliance with EU recovery and recycling targets.

(i) There were 36 packaging compliance schemes registered in the UK in 2008.

(ii) Since 1998 the Environment Agencies have de-registered two compliance schemes for non-compliance with the regulations. However non-compliance was the result of administrative failures and not owing to the schemes failing to satisfy their members’ legal obligations.