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More coherence needed in dealing with waste says MEP

A more coherent policy on waste is needed in the UK, according to MEP Caroline Jackson.
Speaking to MRW, Jackson said the way local government was organised in Britain contributed its poor record on waste.

There is no sense in shifting responsibility for waste collection and disposal in each council, she said.

She added that a number of councils were putting in for unitary status, and a drive towards unitary authorities may make things more sensible. In Europe, they tended to go for wider regional systems, Jackson explained.

She added: Local authorities need to be more encouraged from the centre. They dont get enough support.

Jackson called on the Government-funded Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to give a realistic appraisal of the countrys waste situation.

WRAP is there to promote recycling so it cant come along and say sorry we cant do it. But the impression they give is of zero waste and that you can recycle everything, but you cant, she said.

Im not again recycling Im in favour of an intelligent system which combines recycling and incineration.

Intending to throw a stone in the waster, Jackson has released a report Britains Waste: the lessons we can learn from Europe.

 


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