Politicians urged to think about waste issues in manifesto policies

Posted on 9th May, 2017

Ahead of the publication of General Election manifestos and associated policies, a number of trade associations have called for political parties to consider issues such as action on waste crime, household recycling consistency and support for separate food waste collection.

Among them, the ESA has outlined four key recommendations that it is highlighting to politicians in the build up to the election. These include a renewed call for an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regime, measures to encourage demand for secondary raw materials, and action to tackle waste crime – as set out in the organisation’s Rethinking Waste Crime report, published this week.

Among the measures outlined by the Resource Association are a commitment to undertake a comprehensive review of waste policy in England, a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill, a mandatory requirement for local authorities to reveal the end destination of waste collected from householders, as well as a ban on the collection of glass commingled with other recyclable materials.

A popular call is for all councils to be required to provide food waste collection services. Such a move is backed the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) which has called for support for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – as well as the introduction of a mandatory requirement for separate food waste collections from households.