Government announces results of Waste Policy Review

The coalition government today released the results of its year-long review of UK waste policy. Speaking at the CIWM Conference in London, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Caroline Spelman MP announced a number of measures which included a consultation exercise on the banning of wood, textiles and food waste from landfill.

She also championed regular collections of food waste, coining a new phrase of ‘Smelly Waste’ to distinguish between food / organic material and the remaining content of non-recyclable waste bins. Specific support will be given to target improvements in energy output from anaerobic digestion facilities.

Further promotion of the Waste Hierarchy is also to be expected, exhorting households and businesses alike to ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ in the drive to further reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Grundon’s Development Director Neil Grundon was a member of the panel of leading industry figures, including Lord Henley, Under Secretary of State for the Environment, called upon to discuss the announcements.

In his presentation Neil welcomed the broad thrust of the review, and in particular the intention to help people ‘recycle on the go’, providing facilities in public spaces that will enable them to continue their recycling efforts outside the home.

“I was asked what role government could play in this process. My answer is a simple one – encouragement. Galileo said “give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” In his case he was talking about levers. Today we need government to provide the levers. A clear green agenda, tax breaks for the innovators, taxes for the polluters, an obligation to plan rather than obstruct, and firm but fair regulation.

Grundon wants a Waste Renaissance – an acknowledgement of our fine engineers, construction workers, and architects. We want to see our industry support the new innovations a low carbon economy can bring”.

Full details of the review are published in the ‘Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011’ available via the DEFRA web site or from The Stationery Office.

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