£1 million of funding has been announced to support business waste recycling in England.
The money comes as part of the Resource Action Fund, an £18-million investment bundle administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
If targets in the Resources and Waste strategy are to be met, the government must provide adequate funding and allow local authorities to develop recycling strategies and collection systems that are appropriate for their communities, says the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.
Resources Minister Therese Coffey said that there was “no threat to the sustainability of kerbside collections” from a deposit return scheme as she backed an ‘all-in’ model at an evidence session of Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.
The Committee on Climate Change says the UK should bring forward a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill to 2025 after a new report published by the Committee revealed the UK to be ‘lagging far behind’ on efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
New figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that although the number of waste and recycling workplace fatalities has dropped to seven from last year’s 12, the sector remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in.
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has launched a campaign to encourage parents to dispose of nappies in the general waste bin, after a survey revealed one in 10 parents admitted to throwing used nappies in the household recycling.