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Andrea Height reports on the launch of the LGA's War on Waste campaign
A War on Waste has been declared by the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 400 councils in England and Wales .

It is calling for a radical change in the way the UK creates and disposes of its waste, including calls for variable charging powers for waste and increased producer responsibility.

The campaign was launched along with new LGA figures that show Britain sends 7 million tonnes more rubbish to landfill than any other country in Europe .

Local people, businesses and councils all have a vital role to play to protect our countryside before it becomes buried in a mountain of rubbish, said LGA environment board chairman Paul Bettison.

LGA findings reveal that households in the UK send more than 26.8 million tonnes of rubbish to landfill each year and it warns that if the country continues to landfill at its current rate it will run out of landfill space in less than nine years.

It wants central Government to grant councils the power to charge residents for the amount of residual waste they produce, referring to them as save-as-you-throw powers.

Councils want a power, not duty, so authorities can decide whats best for their local areas. Its not about paying more its about paying in a different way. Its also fairer because if you throw out less you pay less, Bettison said.

But it also wants less waste created in the first place and wants to work with manufacturers and supermarkets to design out waste.

It is time manufacturers were made to take full responsibility for the life cycle of their products. It is totally unacceptable that the counc

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