Waste Review - a wasted opportunity

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 27 June 2011

The Government published its review of waste policy for England in June 2011.

The Government published its review of waste policy for England in June 2011. The “Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011 “includes some recommendations for actions by communities and businesses, and commits Defra to a comprehensive Waste Prevention Programme in future. A significant theme throughout the review is “allowing businesses to fulfil their obligations more easily and effectively, reducing unnecessary burdens and better integrating regulatory controls “. While MCS welcomes improvements in reducing waste through business practice, MCS is concerned that the review gives too little attention to real actions that will reduce waste production, disposal and littering in future. In particular, MCS is disappointed to see that there are no new commitments to reducing plastic waste of many kinds. The review “fails to commit to any actions to reduce plastic bag use. “omits specific actions to reduce littering in the aquatic environment, “dedicates a page to describe why Defra feels a bottle deposit scheme recommended by the CPRE should not be considered. The build up of plastics in seas and oceans is increasingly being recognised as a threat to marine life, with great implications for human society. While the Welsh Government is introducing a levy on plastic bags this Autumn, and the Scottish Government committing to a marine litter action plan in the last parliament, this review indicates a comparative lack of ambition to tackle waste issues with real action by the UK Government. To read the review, see http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/review/

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