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Waste Disposal: Small Businesses

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Local Communities on measures to encourage local authorities to take on a wider role in partnerships to help small local businesses to reduce and recycle their waste. (231010)

There have not been any meetings between the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on this topic.

The Communities and Local Government Department is represented at official level on the Government Waste Strategy Board which provides leadership for taking forward the delivery of the Waste Strategy for England 2007.

It is the role of the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) Centre for local authorities, which is funded by DEFRA, to help local authorities work with their business communities to use resources more efficiently, including to reduce and recycle waste.

The BREW Centre is delivering a central support service to help local authorities provide more tailored advice to their business community on waste and resource efficiency issues. The centre connects together over 850 local authority officers by means of an “active learning” network to help share learning in this area, and has developed over 100 good practice case studies and other guidance for local authorities. Specific business resource efficiency projects are being taken forward with selected local authorities, and the lessons learned from these are being shared widely by the centre.