Waste Strategy responses published
Defra has published the wide range of responses to its proposed Waste Strategy Review which include requests for reduced regulation and for more schemes to promote recycling until it becomes second nature.The department received more than 4,000 responses from individuals and organisations interested in having their say on the document which will shape the future of waste policy in England and Wales.
Consultation on the review closed in May and pulled together the many threads of current thinking on waste reduction and recycling of materials.
While much of the response revolved around the issue of energy from waste - seen by Government as a vital component of future any strategy which will divert large amounts of waste away from landfill - there was also plenty of comment on more sensible design of consumer products and focusing more attention on commercial and industrial waste rather than pouring disproportionate resources into municipal waste.
The consultation appears to have thrown up few surprises, with response calling for:
Waste Strategy 2000 set a target for 67% recovery of waste by 2015 by recycling, composting, energy from waste (incineration, pyrolysis and gasification) and digestion with at least 33% composting and recycling.
The new strategy proposes the same overall target of 67% recovery target in 2015 but with much higher levels (45%) of recycling and composting.
Details of the feedback can be found on Defra's website.