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Shadow environment minister criticises Coalition landfill policy

Shadow environment secretary Hilary Benn has criticised the Coalition’s waste policy in his speech to the Labour party conference.

In particular, Benn criticised the coalition’s landfill policy and the recent decision not to enforce landfill bans, which he claims “says it’s alright to go on throwing waste into landfill when it could be recycled.”

He also used the speech to hit out at David Cameron’s pledge to be the “greenest Government ever” a pledge which he described as “empty words.” He argued that the coalition is “undermining confidence in feed-in tariffs, dithering on the renewable heat incentive, abolishing the Sustainable Development Commission and is about to unveil cuts that will surely affect farming and the natural world.”  

Instead, Benn emphasized the legacy of the Labour Government, which he claimed provided a “huge increase” in recycling and the establishment of the feed-in tariff scheme.

Benn said: “By using technology, design, imagination, passion, commitment and all the skills of all the people – we can build a new Jerusalem of green and pleasant lands. It’s what Labour has done before. It’s what Labour does best, and it’s what – now – together we must do.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Peter Jones

    Fair comment in some ways but landfill bans are bureaucratic at a time when it will be a no brainer to go elsewhere with gate fees to landfill of £100 per tonne.

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