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Welcome for waste system consultations

25 February 2019

We have welcomed the government’s announcement of consultations aimed at overhauling the waste system and cutting plastic pollution.

Among the moves proposed are having packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste, more consistent household recycling and a Deposit Return Scheme for cans and bottles.

Councillor Dyan Jones, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We look forward to working with government on this important initiative and are delighted to work with all tiers of government on environmental matters to improve household recycling and reducing the impact of plastic waste.

“SLDC is committed to helping residents reduce the total amount of household waste and protect the district’s high-quality environment. We have supported the low-cost availability of food waste digesters and continued the free collection of green waste from households, and welcome these moves from central government to improve the system.”

Environment secretary Michael Gove set out the plans for an overhaul of the country’s waste system as analysis showed the net benefit of the changes to the UK economy could run into millions. The changes will make up part of the government’s upcoming Environment Bill, to be introduced early in the second session of Parliament.

If all the changes are agreed, it would see a consistent set of recyclable materials collected from all households and businesses, and consistent labelling on packaging so consumers know what they can recycle. The proposals also include a potential separate weekly food waste collections for every household in England and free garden waste collections for households with gardens. Having comprehensive and frequent collections will ensure more reliable services for householders while retaining local flexibility.

The government is also seeking views on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for cans and bottles, subject to consultation, alongside setting out two potential models – “all-in” or “on-the-go”. This could drive up the recycling of an estimated three billion plastic bottles which are currently incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute our streets, countryside and marine environment.

Government will seek views on its plans for 12 weeks.

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