The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto has set out a number of resource policy pledges, including on waste taxes and collection targets, making it the only main UK party so far to focus on waste and recycling ahead of the General Election.
In its manifesto, which repeats a number of pledges made previously, the Lib Dems said it would set out a “coherent tax and regulatory framework”. This would include reinstating the landfill tax escalator and consulting on a tax on incineration.
The party also said it would “establish a Cabinet Committee on Sustainability, chaired by a cabinet minister”.
The manifesto set out plans to set up an Office for Environmental Responsibility “to scrutinise the Government’s efforts to meet its environmental targets”, and reiterated the party’s commitment to move towards a circular economy.
In addition to repeating pledges made in the party’s 2015 manifesto to establish a statutory 70% recycling target in England and extend separate food waste collections to at least 90% of homes, the Lib Dems now also want to introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups.
The proposal for a Zero Waste Act, including legally binding targets for reducing net consumption, is also repeated from the previous manifesto.
Former Lib Dem resource minster Dan Rogerson is attempting to regain the North Cornwall constituency after losing his seat to the Conservatives in the 2015 General Election.
Lib Dem election pledges
- Pass a Zero Waste Act, including legally binding targets for reducing net consumption of key natural resources, and introducing incentives for businesses to improve resource efficiency.
- Benefit consumers by promoting better product design to improve repairability, reuse and recycling.
- Establish a statutory waste recycling target of 70% in England and extend separate food waste collections to at least 90% of homes by 2022.
- Building on the success of the plastic bag charge, introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups to reduce waste.
- Establish a coherent tax and regulatory framework for landfill, incineration and waste collection, including reinstating the landfill tax escalator, extending it to the lower rate and consulting on the introduction of an incineration tax.
- Work with local government to ensure these commitments are fully funded.