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Wastes Minimisation in the UK Driving the Agenda Forward Through Collaboration?

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 A range of stakeholders have key roles to play in driving forward waste minimisation in the UK. This paper presents the findings from a national survey of waste minimisation developments, emphasising the role of waste minimisation clubs in driving regional activities. These Clubs bring together business, local government and higher education into flexible and dynamic partnerships, driven by the foresight of a number of individuals or ‘champions’, to promote the benefits of minimisation in a region or industrial sector and to actively trial minimisation practices within companies. Their role and the potential environmental and economic benefits will be considered.

Introduction

One of the biggest criticisms levelled at industrial and commercial decision-makers is that not enough is done to prevent waste in the first place. Waste minimisation is about waste prevention or reduction at source. With such a definition it can equally apply to industry and householders. Waste minimisation, particularly for solid and liquid wastes, is seen to be a key element of sustainable development. It is clearly stated (DETR 1998) that: “the simplest and most effective way of dealing with waste is to ensure that it does not arise. The Government wants waste minimisation and reuse to be an important focus of the strategy. Up until now waste minimisation has taken place within industry and commerce. The new waste strategy will address whether and how to expand and develop such measures, and will consider how waste minimisation for households can be encouraged.'

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