Defra lays out business waste future

The Government has published its policy aims and objectives for Commercial and Industrial waste in England.

Posted on 16 October 2009

The Government has published its policy aims and objectives for Commercial and Industrial waste in England.
 
England produces 68 million tonnes of Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste per year, compared to around 25 million tonnes from households.
The Government has often been criticised for not providing an efficient enough provision for the collection of C&I waste, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has acknowledged that an absence of reliable and up-to-date data on C&I waste makes it more difficult to set and monitor high-level targets.
 
The statement released last week outlines the Government’s vision of achieving a greater degree of convergence in policy between C&I waste and household waste.
 
'Commercial and industrial waste in England: Statement of aims and actions' has been published by Defra and is believed to address areas of the Waste Strategy 2007 which the Government has been criticised for neglecting.
 
The document sets out what it expects to see from businesses and local authorities, and explains how the Government will help.
 
According to the statement, in 5 years time it is hoped businesses will be designing for sustainability; Treating residual waste as a resource and be aware of new technologies for extracting material from waste.
 
Councils should consider treating C&I waste together with household; Helping to ensure that there are sufficient recycling collections for SMEs, and lead by example through sustainable procurement.
 
Finally Government will conduct a national survey of C&I waste; Campaign to make businesses more resource efficient; Provide an extra £100,000 to help councils’ trial trade waste collection schemes; Fund a competition for a pilot trade waste bring bank in autumn 2009 and consult on options for introducing further restrictions on landfilling.

PRIMARY: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/topics/documents/commercial-industrial-waste-aims-actions-091013.pdf SECONDARY: http://www.letsrecycle.com/do/ecco.py/view_item?listid=37&listcatid=217&listitemid=53631&section=waste_management

Posted under General Interest on 16 October 2009