The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced that eight in ten local councils have seen an increase in the collection of recycling amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the ensuing lockdown. According to the LGA, the amount of collected household recycling increased as much as 100% in some areas during the coronavirus pandemic, which has led costs to soar for some local councils. Half of councils reported a 20% increase in collection, a third up to 50% and a small number of councils reported a 100% increase. As a result, the LGA is calling on the government ‘to use the Spending Review to ensure all extra cost pressures on waste and recycling services as a result of the pandemic are met’. It also states that councils and the waste industry require ‘urgent clarity’ on the timetable for the implementation of the government’s waste and recycling reforms.