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ADEPT's response to the Government's Resources and Waste Strategy consultations

18 February 2019

Ian Fielding, Chair of ADEPT’s Waste Group said: “ADEPT supports many of the proposals laid out by the Government. We welcome moves to ensure that packaging producers fund the cost of recycling and the taxation of plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30% recycled content.

“Plans to simplify recycling and improve labelling for the public will help to ensure the quality of recyclables, but we are concerned about the proposed introduction of free garden waste collection. This will almost certainly increase the amount of waste dealt with by local authorities and increase costs.

“Similarly, we are not convinced that mandatory food waste collections will always provide the best solution across individual local authorities.

“The burden of dealing with ever increasing volumes of waste has fallen squarely on local authorities without comparable moves to increase resources. This remains our overriding concern at a time of further cuts to local authority funding.”

The ADEPT Resources and Waste policy position is available here.