Resources and Waste Strategy promises end of ‘offshoring of waste’ and introduces new taxes on single use containers and packaging
A major new 147 page blueprint for sustainable resourcing and managing of waste has been unveiled by the Environment Secretary today (Tuesday 18 December 2018). The Document aims at setting out how we will preserve material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy in England.
Upon launching the document today Mr. Gove said: “We will cut our reliance on single-use plastics, end confusion over household recycling, tackle the problem of packaging by making polluters pay, and end the economic, environmental and moral scandal that is food waste.”
In response to the release today Duncan Baker-Brown says:
“Michael Gove is absolutely correct that waste is a valuable resource, but his focus on recycling and single-use material tax is short-sighted. The Resources and Waste Strategy does not unlock the massive potential of waste, and doesn’t go far enough in developing a Circular Economy that could bring huge financial and environmental benefits to the UK.
“We can introduce small measures like taxes and bins to change consumer behaviour and charge our manufacturers for using undesirable materials, but there’s so much to be gained from understanding a truly Circular Economy where repurpose and reuse is key.
“To put this into context, in 2017 the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) identified that by 2036 a Circular Economy could provide London with net benefits of up to £7bn per annum, with up to 12,000 new jobs. That potential only ripples out across the country.
“The UK produces 600 million tonnes of waste every year. The main contributor to that is our construction industry, accounting for around 60% of all waste. There are already some fantastic innovators across the UK and around the world who are doing something to tackle this, including new tiles and bricks being made from crushed concrete and brick. But these innovations must be funded, fostered and focused on to allow us to change our throw-away culture.
“The Secretary of State’s strategy is welcome, but it’s a half measure. To understand the potential of reuse and repurpose we should be coming together to collaborate and find new ways to address our waste problem. Platforms such as industry-led Futurebuild with its dedicated Waste Zone allow that to happen, with academics, researchers, manufacturers, builders, designers and architects all in one place with one common purpose; to fully realise the benefits of a Circular Economy.”
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