The Circular Economy Task Force called for a national resources council to be set up to co-ordinate “disjointed” Government waste policy.
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The cross-sector group said the DCLG’s support for weekly rubbish collections was undermining Defra’s efforts to hit the 50% recycling target by 2020.
Meanwhile, the DCLG insisted on banning councils from charging residents for the routine use of their local household waste recycling centres.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills proposed higher WEEE collection targets for 2015 after the UK exceeded last year’s target.
In his last budget before the general election, chancellor George Osborne said landfill tax for 2016 would rise in line with RPI and granted the EA an extra £4.2m to tackle waste crime.
Conservative Lord Deben berated ministers in his party for a “silly” attack on Labour when, in January, the opposition was accused of wanting to ban landfill at an annual cost of £477m. It also emerged that the EU’s CE package could mean an outright ban of landfill in preference to EU-wide recycling targets (see December).
The struggling Closed Loop Recycling plastics recovery firm said it was “overwhelmed” by support across the supply chain as the industry leapt to save the recycled milk bottle sector in the face of low-price virgin plastics.
Shanks Group unveiled a new structure and said the solid waste market remained challenging but had recently stabilised.
The GIB gave £2m backing to a Durham anaerobic digestion (AD) plant as part of a new fund.
“Should we have [widespread] targets or can we push recycling by closing landfills? Materials will go up the hierarchy and be recycled”
Karl Falkenberg, director-general for environment of the European Commission