Yorkshire and Mersey projects show the way on waste minimisation

Waste minimisation is at last beginning to get the attention it has long deserved in Britain. Two projects in Yorkshire and the Mersey Basin are showing that reducing resource consumption and waste generation at source can offer handsome returns - as well as highlighting the changes which are needed in management culture to turn the concept into reality.

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) is not given to making silly remarks, but its latest report, published in May, contained a serious howler. Discussing in just three paragraphs the extent to which waste minimisation could reduce the need for incineration, the RCEP concluded that "there is a disappointing lack of hard evidence that the environmental potential of waste minimisation has so far been realised in practice, still

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