Speaking at the launch of the Local Government Association’s local waste review, “Wealth From Waste” yesterday, Recycling Minster Lord de Mauley said that he was “both surprised and disappointed” by the fact that “many of the recommendations… made in the report are aimed at central Government.”
Before giving his note of caution, Lord de Maulery opened his speech by saying: “I am struck by one fact that reflects very well on the local government community. In 2011/12, the household waste recycling rate reached a new high of 43% in England. This is a significant achievement, especially when you consider that this rate stood at little more than 10% in 2001. Local authorities have been instrumental in this area, and I would like to thank you for what you have done to deliver this impressive outcome. It is important that we now work together to build on the successes already achieved.”
In the report the LGA outlined a number of key recommendations for government on how to promote a thriving, growing, domestic market for recyclable materials as well as looking at how we increase recycling and re-use to feed growth of the sector. This included freezing landfill tax and reinvesting the money back into the waste sector to create jobs, stimulate growth and create a revenue stream for local authorities.
Lord de Mauley – “I am exploring whether changes are needed to the PRN system to ensure there is a level playing field here, and our domestic industry is not disadvantaged”
Lord de Mauley went on to say: “The Review makes mention of concerns that the Packaging Regulations currently incentivise the export of poor quality material, and that this has a negative impact on our economy. I am exploring whether changes are needed to the PRN system to ensure there is a level playing field here, and our domestic industry is not disadvantaged.”
He added that Defra would support recycling through incentive scheme, highlighting its Reward and Recognition Fund; and on waste crime he stated that Defra was supporting work by the Sentencing Council to ensure the sentences and fines for environmental offences, including fly-tipping, really do act as a deterrent.