Ministers ‘must reconsider’ business waste reduction scheme cuts

Ministers should re-evaluate proposed cuts to schemes intended to improve business waste reduction and corporate responsibility.

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee review of the government’s Waste Strategy indicates that schemes to date have been “extremely cost-effective”.

This is particularly the case with the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), due to the impact it is having on business waste re-use and recycling levels.

The review indicates that the NISP programme provided a benefit cost ratio of 30:1, in addition to creating 770 jobs.

Other successful schemes include the Waste & Resources Action Programme, which was praised for its emphasis on co-operating with small communities.

The publication of the review follows research by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which revealed that eight in ten Brits support having a separate food waste collection bin.

Environment secretary Hilary Benn has even considered controversial measures to ban waste such as food from landfill altogether, in a bid to encourage better recycling and sustainability among Brits.ADNFCR-2805-ID-19565882-ADNFCR

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