Friday, 20 February 2009

KENT'S SUPERMARKETS AND THE LANDFILL CHALLENGE

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 20th February 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083



KENT’S SUPERMARKETS AND THE LANDFILL CHALLENGE
A new report by the Local Government Association (1) shows that supermarkets are adding to the costs of local councils through their packaging policies. The Local Government Association wants supermarkets to pay more for processing their waste. Kent Green Party agrees, as Kent’s local councils seem all to be contemplating redundancies as a result of shortages of funding. Hazel Dawe comments:
“Landfill is costing our Kent local councils £32 per tonne of rubbish thrown away, rising to £48 per tonne in 2010. Supermarket packaging which cannot be recycled is making a major contribution to this, according to a recent Local Government Association report. Since local councils will spend £1.8 billion on landfill 2008-2010, Kent Green Party supports Kent’s local councils charging supermarkets more for their contributions to landfill. We want to encourage the supermarkets to use less packaging and to make more of their packaging recycleable.
“Given the massive increases in recycling in recent years, and the consumer switch away from plastic bags to canvass bags and shopping trolleys, the supermarkets need to help consumers by reducing the amount of packaging they use and ensuring all of it can be recycled. Producing less waste going to landfill will reduce costs for our cash-starved local councils.
“It is a great pity that central Government is not supporting local government properly and that this is promoting redundancies in consequence. Instead the Government prefers to prop up the worst-behaved elements of our banking system.”


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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pageId=1095335

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