Reuse and packaging reduction will be at the centre of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) efforts to prevent waste, it has said.
LGA said it will be engaging with the packaging industry to explore the possibilities for a reduction in packaging. It will also be establishing a commission on reuse, as MRW has recently reported.
Waste disposal and recycling is the third biggest spend for local government. “Efforts to prevent waste are therefore important to councils in helping to reduce costs to tax payers for treatment and disposal of waste,” LGA said in its response to the Defra consultation on the draft waste prevention plan for England, which closed on 23 September.
Some £550m is spent every year by local authorities to collect and treat packaging, according to the association.
It said: “We will be developing examples of leading practice on minimising packaging as well as well as seeking a better deal for councils from the packaging compliance system.”
LGA added it would encourage producers and retailers to go “above and beyond their existing commitments”, including voluntary agreements such as the Courtauld Commitment in the grocery sector. As part of the third phase Courtauld Commitment, 49 producers have agreed to improve packaging design and recyclability to ensure there is no rise in the carbon impact of their packaging by 2015 in comparison to 2012.
The revised Waste Framework Directive requires EU member states to establish their national waste prevention programmes by 12 December.