Waste on the Frontline – Challenges and Innovations

Waste on the Frontline – Challenges and Innovations

The impacts of austerity across local authority waste, recycling and street cleansing services

Local government, along with the wider public sector, has witnessed unprecedented change in its widest sense over the past five years. Economic conditions, which have prevailed across the globe, have seen a huge contraction in public finances and a rethink in how local services are delivered. Local authorities have seen a 40% reduction in funding since 2010 and are likely to see similar reductions over the next five years.

The project that the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Ricardo has undertaken is a major step in assessing just how local authority environmental services are being impacted, and how they are changing and evolving to face this new world we are in.  It fills a gap in the information available and increases our understanding of what waste and recycling services are likely to look like in the future – and for that reason alone it is of huge importance.

This report is of value not only in looking at what action has been taken so far, but also informing what action is still to be taken. By highlighting case study examples, local authorities can see how others have responded to the economic climate and how they might be able to redesign services. This is important as local authority community are only half way through the funding cuts and that we will face the same drop in resources again over the next Parliamentary term. 

The report is accompanied by a webinar delivered by Ricardo Energy & Environment and LARAC. It covers the key lessons can be taken from this austerity study, how specific initiatives were successful in certain locations and for specific services and what the likely effects will be of further cuts on services in the future. 

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