As part of the Government’s commitment to ensure that we are on the path towards a ‘zero waste’ economy, we have reviewed all aspects of waste policy and delivery in England. The Review’s findings were published in June 2011, alongside a series of actions for the future. These include commitments to:
Work with business on a range of measures to prevent waste occurring wherever possible, ahead of developing a full Waste Prevention Programme by December 2013;
Explore the potential for new voluntary responsibility deals to drive waste prevention and recycling, including in the hospitality sector and with the waste management industry and for direct mail, textiles, and construction waste;
Launch a grant funding scheme for innovative reward and recognition schemes which could incentivise people to do the right thing;
Encourage councils to sign new Recycling and Waste Services Commitments, setting out the principles they will follow in delivering waste services to households and businesses.
Provide technical support to councils and businesses who want to see recycling-on-the-go schemes grow,
Consult on the case for increased recovery targets for packaging waste, in time for a final decision in the 2012 Budget;
Consult on introducing a restriction on the landfilling of wood waste and review the case for introducing landfill restrictions on other materials, including textiles and biodegradable waste;
Scrap unfair bin fines and taxes while bringing in powers to deal with repeat fly-tipping offenders and genuine nuisance neighbours
In 2009, 47.9 million tonnes of waste were generated by businesses. The industrial sector accounted for 24.1Mt and the commercial sector 23.8Mt.
Estimates show that 52% of C&I waste was recycled or re-used and 24 per cent was sent to landfill.
Small enterprises, with between 0 and 49 employees, produced 16.6 million tonnes of C&I waste in 2009, or 35 per cent of total C&I waste.
The UK exports approximately 15 million tonnes of waste for recycling per year
Businesses in England recycled & re-used 52% of their waste in 2009, up from 42% in 2002/03
Packaging recycling rates have doubled since 1997 to 62% in 2009, but the UK is only recycling 24% of its plastic packaging and 41% of its aluminium packaging.
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