Howard recognises the need to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and believes doorstep recycling will help. He also backs the use of waste incineration, but steers clear of other policy commitments, saying that Conservative waste management policy is undergoing a full review.
Kennedy says he will ensure that 60% of all household waste is recycled at the kerbside within seven years as a first step. 'Liberal Democrats will set a long term goal of zero municipal waste, through waste minimisation, reuse and recycling, ' he adds. He also believes local authorities should develop their own ways of encouraging waste minimisation and recycling, perhaps through council tax rebates for recyling or for waste separation ahead of recycling.
Quinn says Labour will 'enable at least 25% of household waste to be recycled or composted by 2005/6 with further improvements by 2008'.