Green Manifesto 2010 Waste
Reduce, reuse – and only then recycle
Government must provide the infrastructure to make it easy to do the right thing. We would:
• Do the simple things like providing a free compost bin and composting advice for anyone who wants them.
• Allow councils to integrate locally the domestic and commercial waste systems.
• Oppose the incineration of waste, but encourage domestic composting.
• Almost double spending on recycling and waste disposal. We have to recognise that sophisticated waste management costs more than burying it in the ground. We would spend an extra £3bn pa, creating 60,000 jobs. Burying waste gives rise to both greenhouse gases and pollution, and is no longer acceptable.
• Design products and packaging with a view to what happens to them when they cease to be useful. We will use taxation on unnecessary packaging to discourage its use, and would be prepared to regulate the way things are made so as to prevent them entering the waste system.
• Aim to recycle 70% of domestic waste by 2015 as a move towards a zero-waste system. The Government provides the infrastructure, people do the recycling.
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