The LGA's media office provides the national voice of local government in England and Wales on the major issues of the day for national, regional and local press.

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Get ready for ban on single use plastics

"We are concerned that some local businesses and consumers are not aware of the impending ban on these materials and would encourage everyone to take a look at the materials impacted by it."

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Recycling centres at risk of closure amid ban on DIY waste charges, warn councils

“For many councils, reducing their abilities to charge for the disposal of DIY waste will lead to funding reductions that will have to be passed on to reduced waste services popular with our residents."

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Local solutions still needed to tackle pollution - LGA on nutrient neutrality announcement

"Short-term local solutions are still needed to address environmental concerns about river pollution. Councils are calling for a doubling down on long-term action to protect rivers by focusing reducing pollution at source."


Another year of excessive packaging – LGA on delay to EPR

“It is crucial now that government, industry and councils all put the foot to the floor in planning full implementation from 2025, and that Government extend EPR to cover other material types beyond just packaging.”

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Councils call for ban of disposable vapes

Single use vapes, such as Elf bars and Lost Mary should be banned on environmental and health grounds, councils say for the first time today.


New powers do not go far enough - LGA on increased fines for litter, graffiti and fly-tipping

“Councils want courts to look at fly-tipping as an offence first, rather than at the individual and their ability to pay, as well as more use of suspended sentences, or custodial sentences for anyone convicted of a second fly-tipping offence."

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1,300 clean power projects with permission awaiting construction, say councils

“It’s fantastic to see a rapid rise in planning permissions for green energy projects. However, the numbers awaiting construction is concerning, with many pointing to delays in securing the grid infrastructure that connects solar panels to kettles."


Focus on waste reduction needed – LGA on NAO report

"While more needs to be done to boost recycling to reach national targets and even higher standards, avoiding creating waste in the first place is the best way to decrease how much ends up in landfill."

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Councils sound alarm on local climate threats

“The impacts of climate change are going to intensify into the future and councils are warning people and places will be left increasingly vulnerable without further preparation."

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Energy saving schemes falling short, warn councils 

“It is now time to shift to a locally led approach, which would mean councils can target the homes that need the support most, while working with local businesses to build skills and growth.”