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"Ambitious waste policies" to get extra knowledge support, announces Defra

Delivery of ambitious waste policies will receive knowledge support from a Waste and Resources Evidence Strategy 2007-2011, the Government has announced. Outlined by the Department for Environment and Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the strategys aim is to inform delivery of the Governments Waste Strategy for England 2007, which was published in May. Defra said that stakeholders were consulted about the programme to ensure that its policies are evidenced based, not evidence backed meaning that policies were decided first based on evidence rather than using evidence to back them up later. It added that this was its second waste and resources research programme. Since 2004 more than 80 waste projects have been generated by Defra, with a budget of up to £5 million a year. Areas being examined in the strategy include: How to best measure the carbon impacts of waste prevention and management; How the Flycapture database can help identify the drivers for flytipping and effective ways of tackling it; Whether there is a link between waste behaviour and age, income, or other social factors; Whether producer responsibility gives the right incentives for product design and waste prevention, re-use and recycling; What the environmental impacts are of biodegradable and degradable packaging; What collection methods lead to high quality recyclates, and whether high collection costs are offset by environmental benefits; What has caused recent observations of a slowing in waste growth rates and how do we continue to support this trend. The Waste and Resources Evidence Strategy 2007-2011 is published at http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/wip/research/index.htm

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