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UK Waste Strategy 2007 Published

We have added just one post about the New Waste Strategy which has just been published: To find out more about the Waste Strategy 2007 we recommend a visit to the Letsrecycle web site here.

 STRATEGY: Specific material type landfill bans on agenda

The first three chapters of Waste Strategy 2007 contain a number of key areas of interest including the suggestion of radical future approaches to the landfilling of biodegradable and recyclable waste.

Landfill bans
The document points to experiences on the Continent where a number of countries, such as Germany, France and Swdedn, have imposed strict bans on what can be landfilled.

The strategy said that Defra wil be “consulting, subject to further analysis, on the introduction of further restrictions on the landfilling of biodegradable wastes and recyclable materials.”

Explaining the thinking behind this, the strategy says that other EU states “have found that imposing legal restrictions on the types of waste that can be landfilled has encouraged higher rates of recycling and recovery.”

The Department also noted how these have been introduced with significant lead-times, as in Germany.

The strategy repeats the waste hierarchy which has five levels. These are (the best) waste prevention; reuse; recycle/compost; energy recovery; disposal (the worst).

The hierarchy is described as remaining as “a good general guide to the relative environmental benefits of different waste management options but that there will be exceptions to this for particular materials and in particular circumstances. The use of the waste hierarchy should be informed by life-cycle thinking and the broader sustainable consumption and production agenda.”

This is part of just one of the Waste Strategy 2007 News items at Let’s Recycle.

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