In a move that could have a significant impact on manufacturing,
a report by a House of Commons committee is calling on Government
to implement measures that will move the UK away from a throwaway
society towards what it calls a more 'circular economy'.
Recommendations include linking taxation to the environmental
impact of products, and taking steps towards a ban on products
made from materials that cannot be recycled.
"We had throwaway economics in the past, but that disposable
society simply isn't sustainable in the twenty-first century," said
Environmental Audit Committee Chair, Joan Walley. "Less
than half of all the stuff we throw away each year is recycled
and turned back into something useful, despite prices for raw
materials rising across the world."
The committee's report has been broadly welcomed by the
Carbon Trust, where Head of Business Model Innovation, Aleyn
Smith-Gillespie, said: "Change can only happen once companies
are convinced it will be better than business as usual." Read
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