With 8th June 2017 penned in for another General Election, we take a look at 4 of the political parties manifestos, and see what it means for the waste industry and the environment.
‘Investing in our environment is investing in our future’.
Labour has promised to defend, if not extend, all existing protections as well as prioritising a sustainable future for farming, fishing and food industries.
Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour party guarantee the protection and advancement of environmental quality standards if they win the general election, this includes the introduction of the Clean Air Act, which will aim to:
- Safeguard habitats and species
- Promote biodiversity
- Work with farmers and foresters to plant one million trees
With regards to waste reduction, Labour have said they will work with food manufacturers and retailers to reduce waste produced, and set guiding targets for plastic bottle deposit schemes.
The Tories have renewed their 2015 pledge to be the ‘greenest Government ever’ and to become the ‘first generation to leave the environment in a better state than when we inherited it’.
A long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan will be produced, which will include:
- How the UK will improve the environment when leaving the European Union
- ‘Take control of environmental legislation again’
On the topic of reducing litter, Thersa May and the Tory party plan to implement should they win the general election would be a comprehensive rubbish collection and recycling, as well aiming for better packaging. They will ‘force’ councils to clear-up road side litter and prosecute any offenders.
The Lib Dems want to establish ‘a coherent tax and regulatory framework for landfill, incineration and waste collection’, this will include:
- re-instating the landfill tax escalator and extending it to the lower rate
- Consulting on the introduction of incineration tax
Tim Farron and his Liberal Democrat party have put in their manifesto that they will introduce a Zero Waste Act. The Zero Waste Act will have legally binding targets for reducing net consumption of key natural resources, as well as introducing incentives for businesses to improve resource efficiency.
With regards to recycling targets, the Lib Dems want it to be increased to 70%, with separate food waste collections extended to at least 90% of homes by 2020.
Any existing environmental laws are retained, or enhanced, regardless of the situation with Brexit.
Caroline Lucas, Jonathan Bartley and the rest of the Green Party have included in their manifesto that they will create a new environmental regulator to monitor and enforce environmental law.
All new investment in energy will be towards clean, renewable energy. The Green Party aim to promote re-using and re-filling, with ideas such as:
- Bottle deposit scheme
- Free public water dispensers
- Community re-fill scheme
- End to unnecessary single-use plastics
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