October 09, 2008
The Liberal Democrat
approach to waste management recognises the importance of first
minimising the amount of waste that we produce and then re-use and
recycling before landfill or incineration.
Liberal Democrats want to see:
The Liberal Democrats
are concerned that the Government's forthcoming waste strategy will
be too timid, putting too little emphasis on recycling and too much
on incineration as an alternative to landfill.
- A presumption
against landfill or incineration and in favour of recycling and
- Revenue from
future increases in landfill tax rates channelled back to local
authorities for investment in a national programme of waste reduction,
recycling and composting.
targets aiming towards achieving a long term target of zero industrial
waste to landfill within the next 40 years
- The setting
of radical targets and action plans for recycling and composting
as part of local waste plans.
- Tough targets
and incentives for industry to minimise the amount of waste and
packaging that we produce.
- An increase
in the amount of recycled material that is used in certain products
to create markets for recycled materials and products.
Though incineration, with recovery of energy generated through combined
heat and power may be necessary in some cases as a last resort, we
are worried at a recently leaked report by the USA Environmental Protection
Agency that has again highlighted the danger of dioxins to human health.
Dioxins are one of the compounds released by incinerators burning