30 Jul 2009

Study reviews research on potential health risks associated with waste collection

A review of international research into waste collections found no evidence of actual harm or increased health risks or nuisance to householders and waste collectors from a change in collection frequency that cannot be dealt with by following existing good practice advice.

The study, entitled ‘Scoping study of potential health effects of fortnightly residual waste collection and related changes to domestic waste systems’, was carried out by Dr Toni Gladding from the Integrated Waste Systems unit of The Open University. It reviewed all the available research on the potential health risks associated with waste collection. It looked specifically at changes in the collection frequency for residual* waste from weekly to fortnightly.

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) commissioned the study and urged waste collection authorities in England to give clear advice to householders on how their collection schemes work and how to use them safely and effectively.

Further information - please see links (right).

* Residual waste refers to waste which is not or cannot be recycled.

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