Green Tories Suggest Overhaul Of Waste And Resource Policy

03-0-14(3)picA faction of pro-green Tories have published a manifesto outlining suggestions to overhaul waste, energy and resource efficiency policy, and have said that responsibility for waste policy should be given to Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

“Sweating our Assets” Productivity and Efficiency Across the UK Economy, a report by the 2020 Group of modernising Conservative MPs, features 10 recommendations designed to enhance resource efficiency.

The report states that by tightening the rules on waste products, profits for manufacturers can be boosted by £5bn a year and 300,000 jobs can be created.

It recommends that landfill bans should be imposed on valuable materials and new rebates and incentives should be introduced to encourage households to recycle.

Laura Sandys – “By making sure things go further – and actually ensuring they travel round the economy rather than being dumped – we must ensure that waste is seen as a resource and not a liability. Only about 17 percent of everything we call waste today is really waste.”

It also says that responsibility for waste policy should be shifted from Defra to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Laura Sandys, the Conservative MP for Thanet South, who chaired the work preparing for the 2020 manifesto, said: “By making sure things go further – and actually ensuring they travel round the economy rather than being dumped – we must ensure that waste is seen as a resource and not a liability. Only about 17 percent of everything we call waste today is really waste.”

The group would also see restrictions placed on sending food waste to landfill; and would see it instead sent to anaerobic digestion facilities to be used in creating energy.

It also recommends that local authorities offer council tax rebates to households that recycle.

The report says that these policies, along with a greater corporate focus on resource security, would provide a boost to the economy pointing to growing evidence of resource-efficient firms outperforming firms that are less so.

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