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Industry body supports manifesto pledges

A leading industry association said it is broadly supportive of the manifesto commitments on waste management from the three main parties, but has warned that more could be done

Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) policy director Danny Stevens told MRW: Theres not a huge amount in the manifestoes about waste and recycling, but were broadly supportive of whats there. Its just a shame they didnt go further.

Stevens said that Labours pledge to ban recyclables from landfill, the Lib-Dem targets for zero waste and the Conservative initiative to provide a landfill tax floor all seem sensible, but he argued that the trouble with the manifestoes is that they dont flesh out the policies in detail.

The EICs own waste policy manifesto has called for a more comprehensive commitment to raising landfill tax through 2020 and banning certain waste streams from landfill entirely.

The EIC believes that the next Government must adopt a policy and regulatory framework across the waste hierarchy that facilitates a rapid move away from a linear process of resource extraction, manufacture, consumption and disposal towards a closed loop economy, where resources remain in use, explains the EIC manifesto.

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