23 Jun 2009 05:06:00
Less landfill waste would benefit the environment
The UK could experience notable environmental benefits if it dumped less of its rubbish into landfill sites.
An analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) found that Britain throws away almost double the amount of domestic rubbish into landfill than France.
It was also revealed that UK citizens dispose of 19 times more rubbish than their Dutch counterparts due to lifestyle discrepancies.
The LGA has said that British households could save more than £600 million a year if they threw away similar amounts of rubbish as other European nations.
LGA environment board chairman Paul Bettison said that "Brits are languishing in the lower leagues" in terms of throwing away less rubbish.
"If councils knew they were getting landfill tax back, they could build the recycling facilities that would help this country compete with our European rivals," he commented.
"Being the recycling champions of Europe could save council taxpayers across the country a staggering £609 million."
The UK produces some 434 million tonnes of waste every year, which is enough to fill the Albert Hall every two hours.http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pageId=2046534