Viridor welcomes the UK Government’s National Litter Strategy
10th April 2017
Viridor today (10 April 2017) welcomes the Government’s consultation on its first National Litter Strategy with its emphasis on tackling anti-social behaviour, through a system of fines and penalty notices, while making it easier for people to dispose of rubbish.
A Viridor spokesman said: “It is entirely right that the new strategy seeks to punish those who would blight the countryside through fly-tipping while taking action to help those who want to do the right thing and recycle their waste.”
This approach has long been Viridor’s position and the Government’s commitment to new guidance for councils on the nation’s “binfrastructure” (creative new designs and better distribution of public litter bins) echoes Viridor’s own campaign with local authority partners – Right Stuff, Right Bin – to encourage recycling.
As one of the UK’s leading recycling, resources and renewable energy partners, Viridor has consistently supported efforts to tackle waste crime which threatens the sector’s development and Britain’s economic and environmental interests.
A Viridor spokesman said: “Waste crime remains a blight on our environment and costs the UK economy up to £567.9m per year tackling illegal sites, tax evasion and fly-tipping.”
Viridor said the concept of creating a “green generation” by educating children to lead the fight against litter through an increased number of eco-schools was a key reason why the company had invested in education centres where schools groups receive the crucial message on recycling waste which they then take home to their families.
The company also looks forward to engaging with the Government as it creates an expert group to look at further ways to reduce the worst kind of litter, including plastic bottles and drinks containers.
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