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How council cuts in England may affect waste disposal

Local government cuts in the United Kingdom in its spending as witnessed in the country have seen questions emerging on how to handle waste appropriately. In this regard, councils have to create a mechanism with advanced structure on the best formula to deal with budget slice. Thus trying not to cut vital services on ways to manage waste collection. Those at think tank Ecological Communities look at waste disposal and how it can be more environmentally friendly.

Waste collection affected

As results of the council budget shrinking, waste collection has directly been influenced. Opening and closing hours in some of household centres dealing with waste recycling all over UK have reduced. Ultimately, this scenario has affected negatively on recycling rates. This should be compared to the rest of the world’s eco friendly waste disposal methods.


Disposing waste illegally

Illegal waste disposal in relations to reduced cuts will automatically be on the rise among thousands of country’s population. Local councils cannot maintain offering proper waste collection, which is expanding with increasing UK residents.

Fly tipping on rise

Extraordinary dumping of material includes domestic items, green waste, construction waste and abandoned cars. Majority of this waste are harmful and may lead to emergence of health problem if allowed to proceed unchecked. In addition, as the finances continue to go down so is business and individuals practising fly tipping. Proper waste monitoring is likely to assume a wrong approach in open dumping with locations having debris and abandoned piles of waste.

Budget cuts

English Councils will automatically suffer an average cut ranging from 1.8% in their complete power to spend. However, the authority leadership believes reducing funding up to 6.4% would push it to periphery. Majority of the Council spending is because of central government fund. It caters for about 75%, meaning Council tax caters for the rest.

Power to spend

The power to spend involves combinations of figures from central government together with Council tax, business rates proportions and one-off grants. Moreover, expected funding would fall further this year by an average of 8.8%, but this does ignore inflation-piling pressure on waste disposal. Again, it would be difficult to offer social care to UK ageing population let alone employing staff.

Councils’ response

Many administrations has been experiencing absolute signs of financial stress. However, most authorities are coping well with reductions. Drastic measures following this setback indeed were designed urgently to deal with new challenges as results. Including considering cutting on some days used for rubbish collection in a month.

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