Announcing the publication of The Waste Strategy for England 2007 in Parliament, Miliband said everyone businesses, individuals, local authorities and the Government had a role to play in reducing the amount of waste they produced.
This strategy sets out how we can achieve this. It provides a range of tools for local authorities, businesses and individuals to do the job. It calls for action from all, without imposing one-size-fits-all solutions.
It empowers local authorities to make the right decisions for local circumstances in consultation with their local populations, Miliband said.
Overall, the Government said it expected the impact of its strategy to be an annual net reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions from waste management of at least 9.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year compared to 2006.
Key points in the new waste strategy, which builds on the Waste Strategy 2000, included: more effective incentives for individuals and businesses to recycle waste; greater responsibility on businesses for the environmental impact of their products and operations; and a strong emphasis on waste prevention at household level through action such as home composting and reducing food waste, as well as getting businesses to reduce the amount of packaging produced.
The Government wants to see at least 40% of household waste recycled or composted by 2010, with this rising to 50% by 2020.
The strategy aims to meet and exceed the Landfill Directive diversion targets for biodegradable municipal waste set for 2010, 2013 and 2020; increase the diversion of non-municipal waste from landfill and secure better integration of the treatment of municipal and non-municipal waste; increase the recycling of resources and recovery of energy from residual waste; and secure investment in infrastructure needed to divert waste from landfill.
A new national target for the reduction of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste going to landfill will shortly be set, with the expectation that the amount of C&I waste landfilled will fall by 20% by 2010 compared to 2004.