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Waste Disposal

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) functions and (b) purposes are of (i) the Waste and Resources Action Programme and (ii) the Waste Improvement Network; and whether each body has provided guidance to local authorities on (A) adopting alternate weekly rubbish collections and (B) restricting residual refuse container capacity. (319733)

The Waste Improvement Network is a service for local authority waste officers and members. It provides information, advice, guidance and support to its members, including networking possibilities and advice on working in partnerships.

The Waste Improvement Network does not provide advice on the issues listed in the question, but it does share information and good practice between councils and to that end it has published surveys and case studies on the impact of restricting residual waste i.e. on increasing recycling and reducing overall waste arisings per household.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) works with businesses and individuals to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste and develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way. It is WRAP's aim to create the case for change, support change and deliver change. WRAP's Business Plan is available on the WRAP website and provides more information about its functions and purposes. WRAP, through its local authority support programme, also provides direct support and advice to individual local authorities on all aspects of their collection and recycling services. Advice is provided at the request of local authorities and this has included advising on options for improving recycling and reducing refuse.

WRAP published guidance on alternate weekly collections in July 2007. This guidance makes reference to other options for restricting refuse capacity including that of maintaining weekly collections but providing smaller containers for refuse. This guidance document is also available on the WRAP website.