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The Composting Association has nothing but praise for the Waste Strategy

The Composting Association has given the thumbs up to the Governments long awaited Waste Strategy, announced yesterday.

The Composting Associations chief executive Jane Gilbert said: We welcome the publication of the Governments Waste Strategy. We feel that the measures it contains will go a long way towards encouraging development of the composting biological waste treatment industries.

One of the main elements of the Strategy is to incentivise efforts to reduce, re-use, recycle waste and recover energy from waste.
It reports that recycling and composting of household wastes has nearly quadrupled since 1996/7, achieving 27% in 2005-06.

As an association we are pleased to see increased targets for composting and recycling and welcome any initiatives to reduce the amount of untreated waste sent to landfill sites. Composting already plays a vital role in carbon management, returning nutrients and organic matter to the soil which might otherwise have been lost if sent for disposal.

The Strategy outlines how the Government plans to manage this countrys waste and is the result of an extensive consultation process which took place during 2006.

Gilbert said: This strategy provides our members with a great opportunity for diversification and for the creation of integrated biowaste treatment sites. The strategy backs the use of anaerobic digestion as a way of diverting waste from landfill and this is an area in which many of our members are already working.

They have the necessary expertise in biowaste treatment to take this forward and to make a really positive contribution to the environment, the economy and to society.

The Composting Association does stress, however, that they are still concerned that the waste infrastructure lags behind and that
England does not have enough facilities in place to meet 2010 targets. They call on the Government to re-examine the planning process and to facilitate the development of more waste treatment facilities.


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