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19 Mar 2010 03:03:06

Defra: Banning recyclable materials from landfill could create new markets

Defra: Banning recyclable materials from landfill could create new markets
Stopping recyclable materials entering landfill could save money and generate new jobs in the waste sector, according to the government.

While visiting the Bywaters Materials Recovery facility in Bow, the environment minister Hilary Benn said that new proposals would be based on the joint consultation between Department for the Environment, Farming, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh Assembly Government on how best to use materials that could otherwise end up in landfill.

The materials considered in the paper include paper and card, food, textiles, metals, wood, garden waste, glass, plastics and electrical and electronic equipment.

Mr Benn highlighted that processing waste could create new markets for recycled products and recovered materials. For example, 100,000 tonnes of aluminium packaging goes to landfill each year, even though just a tonne of aluminium cans is worth over £800.

Jobs are likely to be generated with the expansion of a waste sector equipped to deal with mixed materials, the government claimed.

The proposals follow the launch of another consultation paper on reducing the amount of biodegradable municipal waste and the creation of a new strategy to deal with hazardous waste, also announced this week.



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