PLANNING applications for new environmentally friendly waste sites have fallen by 20 per cent in a year amid the budget squeeze on local authorities and uncertainty following the Brexit vote, according to new research.
South Tyneside Council has reduced the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill by two-thirds since 2010, according to new figures.
The authority said that over the past year, the amount of waste going to landfill has fallen to just three per cent.
This was largely down to more material that cannot be recycled being sent to an energy-from-waste facility in Teeside, which opened in April 2014 as part of the £250m Strategic Waste Partnership between South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland councils.
Eighteen councils have secured almost in Government grants to retrofit buses with green technology capable of cutting harmful emissions by up to 90 per cent.
More than £6.8m from the Clean Bus Technology Fund will be used to upgrade 439 buses operating in pollution hotpots.
To secure funding, local authorities had to show evidence that retrofit technology would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 50 per cent. Councils will also have to monitor the schemes and provide evidence of their effectiveness.