Government Proposes National Survey of Industrial Waste in Effort to Make British Businesses More Environmentally Aware


Britain is becoming increasingly conscious of the environment, and its responsibility to it, having cut back household waste to their levels of 10 years ago, after peaking in 2002. However, this did not stop Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, launching what was called the ‘War on Waste’ this summer.

In a speech at the Futuresource conference in June, Benn said, “we will commission a new national survey of commercial and industrial waste in England – the first since 2002”. That survey showed British businesses to be responsible for an unprecedented volume of waste. For example, the printing and publishing industry alone was responsible for over 2 million tonnes, a large percentage of which was not biodegradable.

The ‘War on Waste’ received a lot of publicity over the summer, but much of the attention was focused on household waste. However, Benn stressed that he wanted to be “as ambitious on business waste as we are on household waste”.

There are, however, a number of steps that businesses can now take to ensure that they are part of the solution rather than the problem. This does not have to involve using and producing less, but instead, taking greater care in what is being used and produced.

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