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12 Feb 2010 12:02:03

Govt to launch study into landfill bans



Govt to launch study into landfill bans
A "zero waste" future is a possibility if plans for landfill bans go ahead, the government claimed this week.

Speaking at the MRW Resource Waste Management Summit, environment minister Dan Norris confirmed plans to launch a consultation on landfill bans for some materials, which may pave the way for England to become a "zero-waste nation".

A study by the department for the environment last October found that if certain materials were eliminated from sites in all countries, there would only be around one percent of waste going into landfill.

Dr Liz Goodwin, chief executive of WRAP, which is funding the creation of five organics recycling plants, said at the same conference: "If we look at the figures for food waste, if we were able to eradicate household food waste by 2030 rather than 2050 by going beyond best practice, we would save an additional 100 million tonnes of emissions by 2050.

"The more that consumers change consumption patterns, the greater the consumer pull for sustainable goods and services and the more business responds to those demands through innovation, then the greater the catalytic effect on the development of a more resource efficient economy."

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