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Coalition government remains committed to green issues

The coalition government remains committed to being the “greenest government ever”, according to the recycling minister.

Speaking at an event at the House of Commons on October 27 Lord Henley, together with other industry professionals, addressed the challenges facing the waste management industry and spoke about the government’s plans.

Henley spoke of four fundamentals underpinning the coalition government’s approach to waste, the first being its commitment to be the greenest government ever.

He also put emphasis on the need for the economy to grow in order to foster growth in the sector:  “Only a growing economy can give us the investment we need for a prosperous greener future.”

The other important points which Henley emphasised were the launch of the Green Economy Road Map, which Defra hopes will be released in Spring 2011, and the much-publicised ongoing waste policy review.  

 “With localism we want to ensure that local people have more power over how their money is spent by local authorities,” Henley said.

This theme was picked-up on by LARAC chair Joy Blizzard and Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) chair Steve Lee, who also spoke at the event.

Lee said: “I don’t want localism to become an excuse for a delay to programmes in our sector.” This sentiment was echoed by Blizzard, who said: “Localism has always been a challenge for this sector, particularly at local authority level as waste and recycling schemes have to fit a particular area or demographic.”

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