DEFRA PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON 'BIN CHARGING ON STUDENT ACCOMMODATION'

Brandon Lewis MP and Lord de Mauley have published a letter (dated 29 July 2013) to local authority Chief Executives in which they say:"We are aware that some local authorities have recently written to landlords in their areas that provide student accommodation, advising that free domestic waste collections will cease and alternative commercial arrangements will be required, for which a charge will be made ... We are writing to provide clear guidance that such charges should not be made. If charges relating to such student accommodation continue to be made, we are prepared to amend secondary legislation to ensure that this practice is stopped ... I hope that such a step is not necessary, and instead, we should seek to work constructively to promote recycling and responsible waste management by student households."

A full transcript of the letter can be viewed here: Defra 'Guidance on Bin Charging on Student Accommodation'