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Waste Management

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the statutory duties on local authorities with regard to the collection of domestic waste. [HL2513]

Section 45(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA) places a duty on the local waste collection authority (WCA) to make arrangements for the collection of household waste in its area, except where the waste is so isolated or inaccessible that the cost of collection would be unreasonably high and the local authority is satisfied that adequate arrangements for its disposal have been made by the holder of the waste.

Section 46 of the EPA entitles the local waste collection authority to stipulate the conditions of the service. These conditions are set out in a Section 46 notice, which the authority must issue to recipients of the service prior to their introduction.

The Climate Change Act 2008 amended the EPA by adding a subsection to Section 46 which clarifies that local authorities need not collect waste that is placed for collection in contravention of a requirement in the Section 46 notice.