263. We have been extremely disappointed with the
lack of ambition and vigour shown by the main players in waste.
The Government's Waste Strategy 2000 fails to provide vision
or strategy in a sector which is badly lacking both.
264. The Waste Strategy should spell out what we
want done with our waste in ten, twenty and thirty years time.
Efficient resource use and waste minimisation must take priority
and should run through all aspects of policy, from local waste
strategies to national fiscal policy. The ridiculous state of
planning for a 3% year-on-year increase in household waste whilst
weakly advocating waste minimisation must be addressed. The concept
of 'zero waste' is one which is gaining recognition in some parts
of the world but seems to have left UK policy makers untouched.
Although we are doubtful that 'zero waste' can ever be achieved,
the very fact of aiming for no waste is precisely what should
be driving waste strategy.
265. Under the current strategy, we risk making only
moderate progress towards increasing recycling and composting
whilst tying ourselves into an incineration-dominated future.
To ensure that this does not happen, we must set more ambitious
long-term targets and provide signals of what waste management
should look like. We need stronger leadership from Government
on waste. Central Government, local Government and business must
examine their attitudes and policies on waste. It is not good
enough to shuffle along in a laggardly fashion behind European
Union Directives. There are sufficient examples from here and
abroad which show what can be done and how to do it. Nothing will
change until everyone in waste starts to believe that things can
be changed. We, and many others, believe they can. It is time
for the rest to join us.