Supermarkets urged to cut packaging to save costs to councils

Contributed by editor on Feb 22, 2009 - 01:00 AM

A new report says supermarkets are adding to the costs of local
councils through their packaging policies.

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In the Local Government Association report, it wants
supermarkets to pay more for processing their waste.

Kent’s local councils all seem to be contemplating redundancies as a
result of shortages of funding claim environmentalists.

Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, Kent Green Party explained: “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

“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.”