Confectionary giants have done nothing to cut down on the amount of wasteful packaging on Easter eggs, a prominent MP has found.
Weekly bin collections are set to return after ministers came up with £250 million of funding ahead of the Conservative party conference.
The government wants councils to promise to improve local areas in return for local residents agreeing to cooperate.
The government is ignoring the Environment Agency's (EA) concerns about the impact its 'pay-as-you-throw' proposals will have on fly-tipping, it has emerged.
Households in five areas of the country will be the first to trial controversial 'pay as you throw' bin taxes.
Government plans for 'pay as you throw' bin taxes are "flawed" and would not work in the capital, the mayor of London has said.
Downing Street has been accused of halting plans for a 'pay as you throw' bin tax in a bid to avoid further criticism.
People should be encouraged to recycle while out and about, the government has said.
Adopting fortnightly bin collections enables councils to increase recycling rates by nearly a third, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has concluded.
Households could be set for fortnightly bin collections, after research shows no adverse health impact.