Could voluntary agreements boost recycling?
- Published on Monday, 23 August 2010 12:09
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Responsibility deals can be a very good way of getting some businesses to recycle as long as it triggers actionThis is the view of Mike Webster, spokesperson for Waste Watch, speaking in response to plans by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to work with businesses and help them reduce their waste and increase recycling through voluntary responsibility deals.
However, homeowners who actively recycle their household waste could find that without legislating recycling or imposing landfill tax, the UK will not reach its goal to reduce landfill waste.
Despite this, the voluntary commitment by retailers to reduce packaging, known as the Courtauld Commitment, has proved to be a success as it begins its second phase.
Money could become an issue for small businesses, though, as the Federation of Small Businesses recently appealed for the government to provide more incentives for firms to achieve the UK's carbon emission reduction targets.