22 April 2003

Waste -- An Audit: Report Publication

Waste -- An Audit: Report Publication

The Environmental Audit Committee publishes its Fifth Report of Session 2002-03 today, Waste - An Audit.   John Horam MP, Chairman of the cross-party Select Committee, commented today:

"The is a widening gap between the Government's targets to improve the ways in which we dispose of the waste we produce and what is actually happening in practice.  Progress since the waste strategy has been depressingly slow.  The targets are too timid and too exclusively focused on the household waste stream but even so, we are not on course to meet them."

The Report audit's progress towards targets set in the Government's Waste Strategy, published in 2000. That strategy included national targets for recycling and composting household waste.  Figures from the waste management industry indicate that we are a long way from meeting them those targets.

Mr Horam added: "There is a danger that the waste strategy becomes a charter fir incineration.  The Government must clarify its position on this issue urgently."