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Biffa Waste Services welcomes Strategy proposal

The new Waste Strategy marks a significant improvement from its introduction, according to a leading integrated waste management business.

Biffa Waste Services heaped praise on the Governments new proposals and commended its emphasis on hard targets.

Biffa also welcomed the cut down in bureaucratic newspeak on waste definitions which it says will be helpful to the Environment Agency to tackle the freeloaders who seek to exploit loopholes.

In relation to the term freeloaders Biffa Director Peter Jones said: I refer of course to the need for an online date capture framework predicated on all those with waste licences being obliged to report inputs and outputs of material passing through their hands together with confirmation of where it has come from or sent to.

As the value of waste rises so will the attractions to illegal operators and the exhortations to invest will be blunted.

One feature of the new Waste Strategy is to ensure that the average household recycling rate increases from 27% to 50% by 2020.

Jones said: a curious silence on the fact waste collection and disposal is still only around 1.5% of the cost of Local Government and that needs to move to around 2.5% by 2010.

But the efforts to better integrate over the 400 odd bodies involved in defining how waste is removed from our backdoors is to be applauded.

He also claims that new technologies will benefit from investment tax write-offs.

By placing waste in the context of that carbon debate, it is hoped that the Strategy will engender a far greater sense of urgency than has been the case since the appearance of the last Strategy at the Millennium, Jones said.



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