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24 Feb 2009 05:02:04

Collaboration needed to tackle waste

Collaboration needed to tackle waste
Supermarkets and local government should be working together to tackle the problem of excessive food packaging and waste, one industry organisation has said.

Waste Watch has suggested that a collaborative effort is needed to cut the amount of food packaging sent to landfill and increase the recyclability of materials.

In response to the Local Government Association's (LGA) report into excessive packaging and its cost to consumers and councils, Waste Watch said that now is the time for "joined up thinking".

"This is not something that can be solved by local government alone with an end-of-pipe solution," explained spokesperson Mike Webster.

"On the one hand, supermarkets should be looking to reduce packaging wherever possible, although there is a need for it particularly with some food stuff, and also be working to increase recyclability. Local authorities have got to be looking to increase the consistency of their services."

The LGA report found that almost 40 percent of food packaging cannot be easily recycled, with some local councils suggesting that efforts from consumers to recycle are being hindered by supermarkets.



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