Waste Management

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to support new waste technologies in London.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The new technologies workstream of Defra's waste implementation programme focuses on the biodegradable element of municipal waste in England. It aims to overcome the barriers to the successful development and take-up of proven and near-market waste technologies by providing a comprehensive package of support to local authorities and other interested parties. This is being done through the following programmes:

(i) the Supporter Programme provides impartial information, advice and training to local authorities, including those in London, on a variety of aspects related to new and emerging waste management technologies;

(ii) the Education and Training Programme provides opportunities for those working in the waste industry to gain formal qualifications in sustainable waste management and new waste management technologies;

(iii) the Technology Research and Innovation Fund provides funding for Research and Development projects into innovative new technologies which will help England's obligations to reduce the amount of BMW going to landfill; and

(iv) the Demonstrator Programme provides £30 million of assistance to establish new waste treatment technology demonstration projects.

The waste and recycling forum was announced on 13 July as part of the package of measures which provides the Mayor with increased powers and responsibility to deliver his municipal waste management strategy and spatial development strategy for London. It will be led by the Mayor to co-ordinate activity across different sectors and address the key strategic issues facing London. The waste and recycling fund is associated with this and should be used to link waste with other London priorities such as transport and climate change. This is likely to include looking at the role of renewable energy and new technologies in treating London's waste.

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