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CIWM: Waste Strategy 'bottle is half empty'

The Governments Waste Strategy proposals are welcomed but do not go far enough, according to the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: We now have a comprehensive framework that underlines the importance of the decisions we make about waste, and their impact on climate change, energy and natural resource consumption.

However, CIWM claims that the new vision does not provide a clear blueprint for achieving the objectives set out.

Lee said: More detail is needed in three key areas: the results of several proposed consultations that directly support delivery of the strategy, particularly how and when household financial incentives could be introduced; confirmation of future funding plans for local authorities who have a key role to play and how the high level recycling and recovery targets proposed for a wider range of wastes can be achieved.

CIWM have persistently been calling for a significant shift of emphasis in three vital areas to reduce reliance on landfill and improve resource efficiency. A strategy that puts more emphasis on both waste prevention and treatment options for residual waste is one area. CIWM believes that this aspect must not be overlooked in the future.

The other strategies CIWM holds dear are to embrace all the waste people create, not just household bin waste and to work closely with the Government on waste issues.

Lee said: The Government has delivered a strategy that sets us on the path towards a resource efficient economy but it remains to be seen how far down the path it can lead us.

One of our major concerns is that as a nation we have had waste management on the cheap for too long and local authorities in particular need the right resources if we are to deliver a better and more sustainable future.

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