Government consults on waste plan

A government plan to save money, cut waste and save the environment is seeking consumer, business and council opinion.

The consultation for a new Waste Prevention Programme for England opened yesterday and aims to help businesses and householders recognise the savings they can make by cutting waste and passing on items they no longer use. Research has shown that businesses can save up to £17bn in annual savings if they produce less waste.

Minister for resource management Lord de Mauley said: “Reducing waste is everyone’s responsibility. What we have set out in this programme will help businesses to save money, help people cut back on waste and pass on items that they would otherwise throw away. This consultation is an opportunity to comment on our suggestions on how this can be achieved, so that we can protect the environment and help boost the economy.”

De Mauley explained that the seven-week consultation was inclusive of all views on a number of its proposals. He also said there were a range of steps that the government had already taken to help reduce waste, “such as the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which helps people reduce the amount of food waste they produce”.

The results of the consultation will inform the final programme, which is to be finished in December this year as part of the EU’s ongoing Waste Framework Directive. De Mauley said all other EU member states had until this date to report how they planned to prevent waste.