Rural councils concerned over recycling funding

Councillors from the rural North Yorkshire Council have published a report questioning how funding for rural and urban authorities will be divided by the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, as reported by

The Government is currently consulting on measures set out in the Resources Strategy, including consistency in kerbside recycling, and a deposit return scheme for drinks containers.

The Government has set out a system of alternate-weekly collection, based on collection of a ‘core set’ of recyclable materials, with weekly separate food waste and free garden waste collection as a possible minimum expectation for councils.

North Yorkshire Council’s report notes that recycling rates are generally higher in rural areas and comments: ‘Clarity is needed as to how government will ensure additional resource is given to meet any new costs resulting from collecting and reprocessing of the core dry recycling materials including financial costs of changes within this council’s long-term contracts.’

It is also concerned that funding will be directed to ‘low performing, mainly urban areas’ to win ‘easily gained improvements’ which would ultimately move funding aware from rural authorities.

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