Green Party Manifesto: 70% Recycling Target & Food Waste Landfill Ban

The Green Party today launched “For the Common Good”, the Party’s 2015 General Election Manifesto that sets out a move to a “jobs rich” circular economy with “as much waste minimisation as possible”.

The manifesto highlights a priority on the waste hierarchy and pledges to provide the framework that will enable people to make “more positive choices”.

It says it will use taxation and regulation to ensure that products and packaging are designed with a view on what happens to them when they stop being useful.

The party manifesto states – “We want waste designed out, and fixing things – making them last – designed in.”

The party would also introduce a ban on food and organic waste from going to landfill, although no specifics as to when are set out.

It also says that it would increase national spending on recycling and waste disposal by about 50%, and an extra 4bn a year so that it can “do away with damaging incineration and landfill”.

Natalie Bennett – “Our manifesto is an unashamedly bold plan to create a more equal, more democratic society while healing the planet from the effects of an unstable, unsustainable economy”

The party says it would also introduce an increased recycling target of 70% by 2020.

The Green Party will invest up to £80bn over the next Parliament in renewable generation and energy efficiency.

The manifesto was launched by Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader of England and Wales, and Caroline Lucas, who was elected as MP for Brighton Pavilion in 2010.

Bennett said: “Austerity has failed and we need a peaceful political revolution to get rid of it.

“Our manifesto is an unashamedly bold plan to create a more equal, more democratic society while healing the planet from the effects of an unstable, unsustainable economy.

“This manifesto presents the Green Party’s genuine alternative to our tired, business-as-usual politics. We desperately need a more equal society and the policies we announce today pave the way towards a brighter, fairer future for all.”

Lucas said: “We urgently need real leadership when it comes to tackling climate change – and that’s what our manifesto delivers.

“From ending the scandal of cold homes to investing in a public transport system that puts the public first, our plans will make a positive difference to people’s lives, create new jobs and help protect our environment.

“We have put investing in a greener future at the heart of our manifesto and only Green MPs will demand Parliament delivers change that reflects the scale of the climate problem.”

For the full manifesto CLICK HERE


 

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