The new English Waste Strategy is a half hearted proposal and leaves key questions on waste management unanswered, according to the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).
LARAC argue that key questions of how citizens behaviour will be modified and who will fund the new waste infrastructure are only half baked.
LARAC chair Lee Marshall said: While the new strategy contains some good stuff, it is also weaker for the bits that have been left out. Talking about incentives instead of charging is taking the easy route and is not facing the problem head on like we need to.
We will obviously be working closely with local authorities to prepare a detailed response on the consultation on incentives, but I would be surprise if we dont end up asking for more than it is currently giving us. Marshall also said that households are not paying enough for the true cost of waste collection and disposal.
A missed opportunity to ask citizens to modify their behaviour and become part of the waste solution has occurred, according to LARAC.
However, LARAC are pleased that there is greater recognition of a need to see waste as a latent resource and that the strategy aims to encourage maintaining materials in the resource cycle and not losing their value. Marshall said: While the strategy is a step in the right direction, it does not perhaps provide the clear direction and leadership we were hoping for.
We look forward to working with DEFRA on some of the detail that will then result in taking waste management in England forward at the pace needed to deliver the step change required.