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Waste Recycling

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to encourage waste recycling in the private and public sectors.

The Department is co-operating with the Department of Trade and Industry in a programme of measures designed to stimulate more recycling of materials. This includes participation in the work of the recycling advisory unit at the Warren Spring Laboratory. We are currently preparing a circular to local authorities which will encourage measures to facilitate recycling provided that these avoid increases in current expenditure. We are particularly concerned that local authorities should take full advantage of opportunities open to them for securing provision of bottle banks at no extra cost to themselves, and that disposal authorities should reflect the benefit of such measures by giving collection authorities appropriate rebates.