Progress made over the last decade in waste and recycling rates could be reversed by the Government review of waste policy, environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth has warned.
The organisation described recent rumours that the waste review is to provide a £100m fund for local authorities to return to weekly waste collections as “discouraging” and added that there is “growing speculation” that the review will lack ambition and detail.
Friends of the Earth waste campaigner Julian Kirby said: “This review is a golden opportunity to slash waste and boost recycling – but fears are growing that Government policies will reverse much of the progress made in the past 10 years.
“Households and businesses across the country want to cut down on the rubbish they throw out - Ministers must help by committing the UK to halving the black bag waste sent for disposal by 2020.
“A low-waste economy would create tens of thousands of new jobs, tackle climate change and save money for cash-strapped households and councils.”
In March 2011, Kirby told MRW that it was an “open secret” that the review is “to be little more than a series of glowing case studies with no policy detail as to how to make them commonplace - in other words a totally deregulatory approach”.