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Speculation about launch of a Zero Waste Economy for England.

It has been suggested that when Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman reveals the priorities from Defra's waste policy review, these may include a Zero Waste Economy initiative for England. Details of the announcement are expected at the CIWM Annual Conference in June.

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Archived news relating to waste prevention and minimisation

House of Lords inquiry

The Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Lords Science has announced and inquiry to look at sustainable approaches to waste reduction.

The inquiry will focus on the first level of the waste hierarchy, waste reduction, and will look into ways in which products and production processes can be made more sustainable and therefore produce less waste. The Committee is now inviting evidence.

† Waste reduction the most important environmental issue.

According to a survey conducted for Dow Corning, waste reduction is now considered the single most important environmental issue by companies in the USA, Brazil, Italy, Germany and China.

† Key Performance Indicators?

The Local Government White Paper set out a new performance framework for local government. The backbone of the new framework will be around 200 indicators covering all Government's priorities for local delivery. One option considered is the possibility of setting statutory levels for waste not reused, recycled or composted per head.

† New Targets Support Waste Prevention

The 2007 national waste strategy has set a challenging 45% reduction target for household waste not re-used, recycled or composted.

† Beyond Recycling workshops at the CRN Conference

Workshops on the opportunities and challenges for waste prevention were held at the Community Recycling Network conference in Birmingham on May 16, 2007. A summary of these workshops is now available.

† Waste Prevention 'Network'

The Defra-supported scoping study is now available. »»

† 2006 Conference

Post-conference downloads are now available.

Downloads include presentations, workshops and transcripts of question and answer sessions »»

Beyond Recycling's Mike Read has been made an Associate of the University of Northampton.