79% of recycling services in England now operating without disruption, according to survey

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7th July 2020 16:30 - Local Government

79% of recycling services in England now operating without disruption: A recent survey of councils throughout England has found that recycling services have greatly improved, with 79% reporting less disruption due to Covid-19.

The Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) conducted the survey asking local authorities about the week commencing 22 June 2020 and found that less disruption was reported across residual, recycling, food and garden waste than in the previous week, which, chief executive of The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), Lee Marshall, says shows a ‘stabilisation’ of waste services. 

When it comes to food waste, 83% of councils reported they are now operating as they should be, following a 12% drop the previous week. 

Recycling collection services rose to 79% from 75% the previous week, while residual waste services rose slightly, from 89% to 90%.

The councils who responded to the survey also reported that garden collections operating without disruption had risen from 80% last week to 82%. 

Recycling centres and household waste sites are also increasingly operating as normal, according to the research, although the increase since last week was a single percentage point (75% up from 74% reporting less disruption).

The survey also looked at staff absences, with a fifth of councils (21%) saying operational staffing levels have not been impacted for the week commencing 22 June 2020 - five times greater than was reported in the first week of April. 

Almost three-quarters of local authorities reported  a ‘less than 20%’ reduction in staff (73%), down from 78% last week

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