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Businesses commit to Waste Strategy

Businesses will commit to the proposals laid out in yesterdays Waste Strategy paper but only with the support of new waste facilities, according to the Confederation of British Industry.

The Environment Secretary David Miliband stressed yesterday that the main objectives were for the
UK to produce less waste and do more recycling.

CBI deputy director-general John Cridland said: Reducing waste is an increasing priority for businesses, which know that using fewer resources brings both environmental economic benefits. No doubt, the doubling of the landfill tax will serve as an added incentive.

However, problems that may hinder businesses progress with their recycling rates would be the bureaucracy of the present planning reforms. Major planning reforms were announced last week by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly, on speeding up infrastructure projects for new waste facilities.

Cridland said: Firms can only divert more waste from landfill if new waste facilities are available and many of these - too small to benefit from this weeks planning reforms - are bogged down in the planning system.

Firms are already devising innovative ways to package goods and reduce waste before it even reaches the dustbin. Use of new materials and simpler packaging helps make goods easier to recycle.
New Governmental proposals in this area will be welcome, as long as they are kept simple and non-bureaucratic

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