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Gardiner promises recycling rates review

Shadow recycling minister Barry Gardiner has promised a review of domestic recycling rates, should Labour win the General Election next year.

In his keynote address at the CIWM and ESA conference Gardiner said that under a Labour government, WRAP would undertake a review of recycling targets in England.

He also said that Westminster intervention was essential in recycling and told the audience that a Labour Government would improve the way waste data is collected and tackle the role played by product design in the waste cycle.

Picking up on a theme mentioned on the first day of the conference, Gardiner said that “waste is a fault of design” which must be addressed.

Under Labour’s plans, the Green Investment Bank would be given increased borrowing powers to ensure that the public and private sectors would not have to shoulder costs associated with the waste and recycling sector.

The shadow MP also said more jobs are created by recycling than by landfill and that efforts to increase recycling efforts would therefore “drive the economy”.

Gardiner noted research from Sita that one job in landfill was created for every 50,000 tonnes of waste while up to 40 jobs in recycling are created for every 1,000 tonnes of waste.

He added: “It’s important for Government to step in and work with businesses. The opportunities there are huge.”

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