At a national level, the way in which we manage our waste and the resources embodied in that waste, is considered to be a key priority in achieving sustainable development. The previous UK strategy for sustainable development “A Better Quality of Life” was based on four key principles, including:
These principles, and the introduction of legislation at the European level, have significantly influenced UK waste management policy in recent years. The new UK strategic framework for sustainable development, Securing the Future (DEFRA 2005), reiterates the Government’s commitment to waste minimisation and recycling with ‘sustainable production and consumption’ identified as a priority area. The strategic framework will be supported by separate strategies for each UK administration.
Most organisations, including universities and colleges, are finding that waste management issues are being forced up the agenda by three key issues:
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