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Labour 'not backtracking' on material bans from landfill

Shadow waste minister Gavin Shuker has defended the omission of a ban on specific materials from landfill in the party’s recent policy review for the sector.

Shuker says he is not retreating from banning specific materials, maintaining he is “very warm” about outlawing food waste from landfill, for example.

MRW reported last month that landfill bans of specific materials were absent from Labour’s resource security policy review and Mary Creagh, the shadow environment secretary, had previously mooted the idea of banning food waste from landfill.

“We’re not backtracking from anything,” Shuker said in an exclusive interview with MRW, “We are heading on full steam ahead when it comes to building an economy that works for working people.”

He added: “Done in the right way you could challenge the perception that the black bin is here forever; digging holes in the ground and sticking stuff in it is not a very smart way to manage our resources.”

The review is featured on, seeking submissions to help shape Labour’s waste policy. A series of policy announcements will follow in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

  • See our Big Interview with Gavin Shuker in this week’s magazine and on the website from Friday (3 May).

Readers' comments (1)

  • A wholesale review of landfill and associated regulation would be more welcome. The landfill tax has encouraged diversion and increased recycling and recovery but now needs to be reviewed, especially in light of the 'fines' fiasco last year. The tax revenue also needs to be used to assist emerging recyclate markets and research in the industry rather than being another tax which is lost in the treasury.

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