Councils’ spending on waste management rises
Local authorities in England are expected to increase their spending on waste and recycling by £200m this year, a growth of 5% over two years.
Figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) revealed that English councils have budgeted around £3.6bn in 2017-18 to pay for waste collection and disposal, recycling, waste minimisation and trade waste.
The net expenditure figures consider charges, fees and sales.
In 2015-16, the outturn figure – the actual amount spent – stood at around £3.4bn. Expenditure on waste disposal has risen slowly but steadily during the past three, from £1.97bn to £2.17bn.
The cost of recycling in 2017-18 is expected to run to around £611m compared with £590m in 2015-16 and £569m in 2016-17.
Councils have greatly increased their profits from trade waste services. In 2016-17, they made a small loss, but in 2017-18 it is expected to bring in nearly £38m.
Waste collection expenditure has remained roughly similar in the past three years, and for 2017-18 it stands at £841m.
In 2015, a series of local authority budget cuts led to spending in England on waste collection and recycling shrinking by 12.2% and 7.6%, respectively.
This year has been marked by many councils renegotiating their waste management contracts, including the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority announcing it would scrap its £3bn, 25-year, PFI waste processing deal with the Viridor Laing joint venture.