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Labour works towards zero waste society in manifesto

A new Labour Government will move Britain towards a zero waste society and drive the introduction of on-the-go recycling on streets and in shopping centres, according the partys 2010 manifesto.The 76-page document mentions the word waste a total of five times and the word recyclable only three times.

Outlining the partys past achievements, the manifesto explains that we have made it far easier for everyone to recycle. From 9% when we came to office, now 37% of municipal waste is recycled or composted.

It hopes to introduce recycling on the go, with separated public bins on the street and in shopping centres to make it easier to recycle in public places.

The Labour Party hopes for a green future for Britain and to be on track for the transition to a low-carbon economy in a way that is fair. It aims to achieve around 40% low-carbon electricity by 2020 and create 400,000 new green jobs by 2015.

The manifesto also states that moving from a high carbon to a low carbon economy will be a huge challenge. It explains: Living within our environmental means will require a dramatic shift using resources more efficiently and reducing waste.

Other announcements in the document include the proposal for a regional growth fund that will be established by the regional development agencies, with regional ministers given an enhanced role helping our core cities and city regions to become powerhouses of innovation and growth, with a major devolution of power to shape local transport and skills.

Labour policies not in the manifesto include:
* Landfill tax escalator increase by £8 per tonne until 2014;
* A commitment to anaerobic digestion technology; and

·         A commitment to banning recyclable and biodegradable waste from landfill.


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