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MP calls for business waste to count against targets

Brentwood and Ongar MP Eric Pickles has urged Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to change the rules so that recyclables from businesses count against local authority targets.

Pickles said: “The Government has recently set a new target for waste recycling to reach 40% by 2010 but currently local councils only have an incentive to encourage domestic households to recycle their waste as no other recycling counts against these tough targets.”

He said the financial penalties council’s faced for not achieving household recycling targets meant a lot of emphasis was placed on the domestic waste stream. But there was no incentive to encourage businesses to recycle waste. Pickles wants incentives in place for businesses to recycle and be charged less for waste disposal than those who do not recycle. And he wants business waste to count against local authority targets, so councils have an incentive to encourage business recycling.

He said: “Such a scheme would be good for business, good for councils and most importantly good for the environment which future generations will inherit.”

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