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Recycling means recycling

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Whilst I support the principle of Ray's argument - that we should not take our foot off the pedal, let alone apply the brakes to what little environmental ambition we have in England, I am not convinced that 'recycling DOES necessarily mean recycling'. Surely recycling should mean resource efficiency. What is the point of a recycling target that has no environmental benefit? What is the point of minimisation in one area that leads to waste growth in another? For instance, there is an optimum position with food packaging.Too little or packaging designed for the wrong reason - recycling, for instance - could lead to even greater wastage than we have already. Whilst the Circular Economy Package has its merits, it is far from perfect and in many areas, seems more designed to fit with other member states high cost systems that resource efficiency. Brexit should give us the opportunity to consider what outcomes we want rather than that the process, a point that the Minister was keen to stress to the EAC. This should not be an excuse to abandon ambition or bury our heads in the sand. But it should be seen as an opportunity to break away from the quantitive target mantra and think about where we want to be by 2030 in terms of resource use, secondary resource management and environmental cost distribution.

Posted date

9 September, 2016

Posted time

11:23 am

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