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Coronavirus: Waste Disposal

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 27026, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on public health of undisposed waste arising from local authority workforce challenges caused by covid-19.

Answered on

17 March 2020

Defra is engaging with the waste industry, local authorities, the Environment Agency, and other relevant parties to discuss contingency planning for waste management as a result of potential workforce challenges posed by the spread of covid-19. These discussions include consideration of potential risks and impacts and whether further measures or resources funding might be necessary.