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Audit shows progress made

Environment Minister Elliot Morley has said that a drop in the amount of reported hazardous waste was expected and is not down to fly-tipping.

The Minister was giving evidence to the Environmental Audit Committees hazardous waste and waste policy session.

He said: We are not hiding waste in the basements of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The drop in hazardous waste was expected and I hope it continues. All the drivers are there to reduce waste to landfill. I predict a lot of on-site treatment.

Morley said that as the first point of contact for the public, local authorities had their role to play in this, and were responding well to the changes.

We are anxious to ensure there are proper standards of disposal.

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