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First waste review policies to arrive by end of June

The first of the Government’s waste review policies, including waste prevention loans to SMEs and a local authority recycling services commitment are due to be put into action in the next fortnight, Defra has confirmed.

According to the action plan that accompanied the waste review, the creation of a ‘waste prevention loan fund’ for businesses, social enterprises and local authorities, funding for ‘reward and recognition trial schemes’ to support local authorities trialling incentive schemes and a ‘recycling and waste services commitment’ for local authorities are due for completion at the end of June.

When questioned by MRW, a Defra spokesman confimed that such flagship policies are on course to be released by the end of the month.

The waste review describes the recycling commitment as a “stronger statement” by local authorities of a “willingness to consult fully, to listen to and work with householders, to provide information about recycling and re-use; and to make it easier for householders to do the right thing”. 

In a separate document, Defra has pledged “limited funding” to support local authorities and households which trial, or introduce schemes that “reward or recognise people or communities for adopting positive behaviours towards managing their waste”. Applications from local authorities are being welcomed until 26 July.

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