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Bradshaw wants business to take more action over waste

Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw has called on businesses to take more action on waste as business and industrial waste issues are “moving up the political agenda”.

In order to help businesses, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced a new programme of pilot studies, business support services and research to help businesses get smarter in how they manage their resources and ultimately wastage through its Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme.

Bradshaw said: “The days of dig and dump are over. Businesses must get smarter in how they handle their waste and our current consultation on England’s waste strategy underlines this point.

“The impacts of our everyday consumption patterns on the environment remain severe. The inefficient use of resources can also affect business competitiveness – including small businesses.

“We need to see a revolution in smarter design of products so they are less wasteful and are easier to recycle, we need to see more businesses being more creative with what they do about their waste, and ultimately eliminating a lot of it completely. It’s about doing more with less.

“With commercial and industrial waste growing at an alarming rate, waste from these sources is moving up the political agenda, not just about household recycling. There has never been a more relevant time for businesses to get involved.”

Defra is funding pilots under BREW on evidence for remanufacturing, central support for local authorities, strategic approach to construction waste and certificate in recycling and sustainability. It is also funding a voluntary water performance information labelling scheme, a business link diagnostic tool, construction mentoring programme, compost doctors and sector-specific environmental management systems.

Funding has also been confirmed by Defra from the BREW programme for the Carbon Trust, Envirowise, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Environment Agency, National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, the Market Transformation Programme and others.

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