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Institutions unite to present waste improvement plan

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ICE AND the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) next month release their latest joint report lobbying the government to improve the quality of waste management in England and Wales.

How to Deliver a Resource Management Strategy will be launched by both institutions and the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group on 7 March.

It follows last year's From Waste to Resource Management that argued the importance of considering waste materials as a reusable resource and attempts to translate it into a deliverable action plan.

'This is a report for all levels of government - national, regional, local and across sectors, ' said its chief author, ICE waste management board member Bob Lisney.

'It's a route map for delivering a mixture of energy and materials recovery infrastructure, and bringing people together to make it happen.' The report emphasises the importance of local and regional government working together to ensure land use and resource use strategies are effectively communicated to the public to smooth the planning process.

It also addresses the apparent contradictory nature of government departments.

'At the moment you have one department whose responsibility it is to cut the amount of waste produce, ' said ICE waste board chairman Nigel Mattravers.

'But it is another's responsibility to grow industry regardless of waste, and yet another's to purely focus on nance.

'There needs to be a shift in view that sees all departments realising the importance of resource efficiency to the economy.' The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has already received the report, said Mattravers, and has fed it into its Waste Strategy Review.

Mattravers added that by working together, both institutions can bring their complementary skills to the table and speak with one voice when dealing with government.

'It appears that the government likes speaking to the two institutions together because not only do we represent a large number of professionals, but we also bring a broad range of skills, ' he said.

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