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Recycling minister unveils voluntary agreements for business waste

Courtauld-style voluntary agreements aimed at reducing business waste will minimise the need for “further regulation”, recycling minister Lord Henley announced earlier today.

The Government plans to work with businesses to introduce ’voluntary responsibility deals’ in the style of the Courtauld Commitment to help them reduce commercial and industrial (C&I) waste arisings.

Henley said: “As environment secretary Caroline Spelman made clear last month when announcing the review of waste policy, this Government believes that businesses, like householders, should be encouraged to do the right thing, rather than be tied down or penalised with excessive rules and regulations.”

The voluntary responsibility deals will aim to deliver change by encouraging competition between signatories to reduce the levels of waste that each produces.

Henley added that other sectors, in addition to businesses, were under consideration for future voluntary deals.

He said: ““We see responsibility deals as an important part of the drive towards a zero-waste economy. I hope that businesses will come forward with ideas and proposals for actions we can work together on.”

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