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ESA: Government must help to drive change in waste industry

The waste industry is in a period of “momentous change” as it moves from waste to resources management, according to the chair of the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

Speaking on the day that the ESA launched its report, Driving Change – Policy Proposals for a Greener Government, Ian Goodfellow spoke of the opportunities for the ESA and its members to work with the Government to bring about a sustainable system of waste management in the UK.

The report includes policy recommendations for the Government and regulators in the areas of planning, finance, energy, recycling and recovery, people, health and safety, regulation and Europe policy.

One of the key points in the report is that ESA calls on the Government to “take an active stance in correcting prevalent misconceptions about the potential role and environmental impact of energy from waste facilities (EfW)”.

The report talks of the “outdated and incorrect” perceptions regarding the health and environmental impacts of EfW which need to be adjusted to take account of evidence to the contrary.

It is claimed that up to 17% of total UK electricity could be produced by EfW by 2020, but to make this happen people need to change their views. The ESA believes the Government could be instrumental in helping this happen.

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