The results of the consultation will inform the final programme which is due to be finalised in December 2013 as part of the EU Waste Framework Directive.

The consultation, which is open for seven weeks, is seeking views on a number of proposals including encouraging greater product durability and reuse strategies.

The plan sets out its rationale by referring to research that shows businesses can make £17bn in annual savings by taking simple steps to produce less waste.

In addition, reusing products such as household appliances and furniture could save households £1 billion each year and help create jobs.

In launching the consultation, Defra Resource Management Minister Lord de Mauley said that reducing waste was everyone’s responsibility.

“What we have set out in this programme will help businesses save money, help people cut back on waste and pass on items that they would otherwise throw away.

“This consultation is an opportunity to comment on our suggestions on how this can be achieved so that we can protect the environment and help boost the economy.”

The consultation runs until September 23.

Maxine Perella

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