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Government waste strategy under fire

The Government is not doing enough to deliver a successful waste strategy, according to the Shadow Environment Minister Gregory Barker. Commenting on new municipal waste statistics released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Barker said: It is clear from the huge range or results in these statistics that there is a real lack of consistency in delivering a successful waste strategy. Landfilling percentages vary from 7% to a shocking 93% and household recycling from 55.5% down to a miserable 11.8%. Defra figures show how more people in the UK are recycling more with 94% of local authorities recycling more of their household waste in 2006-07 than 2005-06.North Kesteven Council in Lincolnshire had the best recycling and composting rate in the UK with 55.5%. In contrast, Tower Hamlets in London achieved 11.8%. Most improvements have come down to the efforts of households separating their rubbish and making trips to recycling bins rather than any real leadership from the Government, added Barker. It is becoming clearer by the day that sadly Gordon Browns Government has no vision to realise the huge economic potential of a step change in the waste sector. We need to encourage new investment and innovation to make profitable products from the waste stream, rather than throwing money away paying for waste disposal. Image: Shadow Environment Minister Greg Barker

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