Following a series of informal consultations in June this year, Defra is now undertaking formal consultation on recycling service guidance to identify views on draft guidance for local authorities wishing to pilot schemes to cut household waste through financial incentives. This has different legal status to the other guidance, since the legislation makes it a precondition that any authority running an incentive pilot has a ‘good recycling service’ in place. The definition of a ‘good’ service proposed in the guidance applies only to the incentive pilots, and is not intended as a more general definition.