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Government discussing the "carbonifcation" of the waste strategy

Following the recent publication of the Stern Review, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said a focus within the Waste Strategy on climate change and carbon was fundamental.

Speaking at a seminar organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) yesterday, Defra director of environment quality and waste Neil Thornton said: This is the debate we are having - the carbonification of the Waste Strategy.

He also put a more accurate timescale on the publication of the revised Waste Strategy now expected out around February/March.

According to Forum for the Future director Jonathan Porritt the Stern Review had put a price on dealing with climate change and [a price on] not dealing with climate change.

He added: We know a lot of people still dont get the connection between climate change and recycling. Pub talk would have you believe that local authorities are collecting recycling and then dumping it in the ground.

But WRAP research has shown that recycling in the UK saved the equivalent of 10-15 million tonnes of CO2 gases a year compared to other waste management options.

Fusing more climate-change friendly measures would be essential as the waste industry moved into the future, said WRAP chief executive Jennie Price. Speaking in relation to future materials recycling facilities (MRFs), Price said future MRFs should abide by the following principles: building as big as possible, building in flexibility, ignoring the market at peril, remembering what was attractive to investors, and recognising that environmental impact was relevant.

We wont deliver that contribution to climate change unless we realise the impact these facilities have. We have got to have a real eye to delivering recycling with a positive impact to the environment, by putting facilities in the right place and processing materials to the right, high standards, she said.






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