Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee
Waste Management in England
HC 241, Fourth Report of Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Government must act to increase recycling rates across England by 2020, according the report 'Waste Management in England (HC 241)'; it also needs to be ensured that only genuinely residual waste is sent to energy-from-waste plants, and to do more to encourage the use of heat outputs from such facilities.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 'stepped back' from waste management at a time when the UK needs both ambition and leadership in its approach to drive up static recycling rates in England, and make better use of energy recovery options - such as local heating for homes.
Ministers must now show that waste policy remains an important priority. On a household level there is too much confusion about what can or can't be recycled, and very little confidence in the process. Communication must improve and be tailored to local circumstances by local authorities, but DEFRA should also provide support at a national level - particularly in relation to common issues and problems.
The Committee calls for clear guidance from DEFRA on how much waste treatment capacity is needed in England, to gain an optimal balance between the export of refuse-derived fuel and local treatment. MPs support the use of anaerobic digestion for processing waste, but not for use with purpose-grown crops; and the Government must take action to curb the frequent occurrence of fires at waste management sites.
Finally, the report advises that more work is needed to address the issues surrounding separate food waste collections.
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