Councils across England are increasing the money they spend on waste management.
Figures released last summer reveal that local authorities are investing more and more in ensuring their streets are clean and tidy, and all the indicators are that investment will increase further as the year progresses.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) data showed that councils, by the middle of last year, had already budgeted £3.6 billion for 2017/18 to cover the costs of collection, disposal, recycling, waste minimisation and trade waste.
It continues an ongoing trend of a steady increase in expenditure on this front; this eclipses the total amount actually spent in 2015-16 which was approximately £3.4 billion.
The expenditure on waste disposal has continued to rise at a steady pace in the three years to 2017, which was recorded at £2.17 billion from £1.97 billion.
Although some contracts for waste management have been renegotiated or even scrapped in some cases, the general trend from councils shows a willingness to invest in this part of their services.
This comes despite cuts to local authority budgets in 2015 which led to a decrease in expenditure on waste collection.
Since then, councils have re-committed to spending on waste management and at a time where innovations in electric vehicles and other latest technologies help to hit environmental targets and reduce noise pollution, this trend is set to continue.
Already this year, the largest combined waste authority in the UK has approved a multi-million pound budget for waste disposal.
Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) has approved a budget of £91.9 million for 2018/19, which includes the return of 2017/18’s ‘invest to save’ increase in levy of almost £78 million.
The authority handles approximately 4% of England’s waste and the investment for the coming year will help to continue the landfill diversion levels stay at the 85% mark, as well as boost recycling even further.