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FoE Fear Waste Review Policies Could Reverse A Decade Of Progress

10 June 2011

Friends of the Earth (FoE) says the government must commit to halving the amount of residual waste generated by 2020 or it could fail to meet its "zero waste economy"

The campaign group claimed that speculation was growing that the expected Waste Review would be "lacking in both ambition and detail".

FoE also warned that unless action was taken to increase recycling rates and reduce residual waste through prevention, the Review could even reverse progress taken in these areas under the previous Labour administration.

"This review is a golden opportunity to slash waste and boost recycling - but fears are growing that Government policies will reverse much of the progress made in the past 10 years," said Julian Kirby, FoE waste campaigner.

"Households and businesses across the country want to cut down on the rubbish they throw out - Ministers must help by committing the UK to halving the black bag waste sent for disposal by 2020."

Setting a goal of halving residual waste generation by 2020 is suggested by FoE because of the increasing cost of sending waste to landfill due to rising landfill tax. The group also claimed incineration is costly and controversial.

The group called for a wide range of commitments to be made in the review, including widespread introduction of weekly food waste collections, incineration of waste to be phased out, and a ban on the burning and landfilling of recyclables amongst others.

Kirby stated that a "low-waste" economy would also create thousands of new jobs, help to fight climate change and also save money for cash-strapped councils and households, claiming an estimated £650m of recyclable material is sent to landfill or incineration each year, while £10bn of food is wasted.

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Darrel Moore