England – household waste recycling bill is given Royal assent

The Household Waste Recycling Bill has received Royal Assent to become an Act. The Private Member’s Bill, put forward by Joan Ruddock MP, was supported by Government in its passage through Parliament.

The Bill provides that where English waste collection authorities have a duty to collect waste they shall ensure, except in some circumstances (where the cost of doing so was unreasonably high or where comparable alternative arrangements are available), that by the end of 2010 they collect at least two recyclates separate from the remainder of the waste.

The Bill also provides that the Secretary of State must report to Parliament on progress towards meeting this requirement, and local authority performance on meeting their recycling and composting standards, by the end of October 2004.

Elliot Morley, the Minister responsible, said: ‘I am delighted that this Bill has become law and commend Joan Ruddock for all her hard work in achieving this. This Government is committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and I believe this Bill is an important contribution in achieving that. The more people take part in recycling the more they will help the country achieve its challenging recycling goals. Doorstep collection makes it easier for everyone to join in recycling. ‘

Defra will prepare guidance for local authorities on implementing the Bill and aim to consult on that guidance early in 2004.

Ano da Publicação: 2003
Fonte: WARMER BULLETIN ENEWS #34-2003: November 14, 2003
Autor: Kit Strange, Warmer Bulletin
Email do Autor: bulletin@residua.com

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