Waste Management

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2005.

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Photo of Ms Sue Doughty Ms Sue Doughty Shadow Minister (the Environment), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what assessment she has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of introducing a zero waste strategy;

(2) what discussions she has had with (a) municipalities in other countries and (b) local authorities in the United Kingdom that have adopted zero waste strategies;

(3) what assessment she has made of the use of zero waste strategies in (a) municipalities in other countries and (b) local authorities in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

No assessment has been made by government of the cost or benefits of introducing a zero waste strategy.

No specific discussions have taken place with (a) municipalities in other countries and (b) local authorities in the United Kingdom, on zero waste strategies and no assessments have been made of the use of such strategies.

Waste Strategy 2000" set out the Government's priorities for sustainable waste management. The Government's response to the Strategy Unit Report Waste Not Want Not" identified further steps to be taken to help deliver our priorities and targets. Although Waste Strategy 2000" is not a zero waste strategy (either zero waste to landfill, or a totally closed resource cycle), it does demand substantial waste minimisation, and significantly increased levels of re-use and recycling.

Local authorities in England are encouraged to adopt a waste strategy that is in line with the waste hierarchy in Waste Strategy 2000", which prioritises waste reduction, re-use and recycling.

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