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Councils shold be forced to incinerate

The Government should force local authorities to start reducing waste to landfill, claimed a private sector waste industry spokeswoman Janet Manning Shaw at the ICE last week.

Commenting on the Government's new waste strategy, she said: 'There is a difference between a strategy which sets ambitious targets and a business plan. Targets for local authorities to recover and recycle waste should be statutory. The private sector would be more willing to invest in materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and incinerators if they knew that local authorities had firm targets to reach rather than aspirational ones.

Organising a planning regime to gain quicker approvals of incinerators and MRFs needed greater teamwork within government she added.

'Environment minister Michael Meacher and Welsh minister John Owen Jones need to work with Planning Minister Richard Caborn, Local Government Minister Hilary Armstrong, Kim Howells from the DTI responsible for the waste management industry and Pat Hewitt from the Treasury responsible for the Landfill tax to sort out a realistic planning regime.

They are talking about needing up to 160 incinerators but at the moment we can't even get planning permission for one.'

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