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REDUCING WASTE IN THE WELSH PUBLIC SECTOR

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The Welsh Assembly Government today published guidance for the public sector in Wales to reduce and recycle its was...
The Welsh Assembly Government today published guidance for the public sector in Wales to reduce and recycle its wastes. The Wales Public Sector Sustainable Waste Management Guidance Manual will help the public sector meet targets for waste minimisation set in Wise About Waste, The National Waste Strategy for Wales.

The guidance manual was launched today at the meeting of the Wales Waste Forum. Welcoming the publication of the manual, minister for environment, planning and countryside, Carwyn Jones, said: 'The public sector in Wales is both a major employer and a major purchaser of goods and services; it also produces significant quantities of waste, much of which currently is landfilled.

'It is therefore imperative that the public sector plays a lead role in implementing the major changes required in waste management in Wales. Our past reliance on landfill must change, and the public sector must be at the forefront.'

The guidance manual represents the first stage of a Welsh Assembly Government led campaign to ensure that the public sector in Wales manages its waste in a more sustainable way.

Carwyn Jones added: 'The benefits for the public sector, and Wales as a whole, of the application of this guidance are manifold. It will make an important contribution to the overall reduction of waste in Wales. Collectively, the public sector can play its role in improving the environment and contributing to sustainable development.

'The public sector also can provide a good example for the private sector to follow. There are opportunities to influence a significant proportion of the population in Wales who work in the public sector, hopefully encouraging them to transfer the new sustainable behaviours to their home lives. There will be positive sustainable development impacts on businesses and the supply chains who provide goods and services to the public sector.

'Finally, the implementation by the public sector of the waste minimisation aspects of this manual should help reduce public spending in Wales now, and in future where we can expect increases in the cost of waste disposal. I urge strongly the whole public sector in Wales to sign up to implementing this guidance.'

Notes

Wise About Waste, The National Waste Strategy for Wales, was published in June 2002. Copies can be obtained from the assembly's website.

Wise About Waste contains the following targets for the reduction of waste by the public sector in Wales:

* by 2005 achieve a reduction in waste produced equivalent to at least 5% of the 1998 arisings figure

* by 2010 achieve a reduction in waste produced equivalent to at least 10% of the 1998 arisings figure

The 1998 baseline figure for the amount of waste produce by the public sector in Wales has been estimated at 249,000 tonnes (from the Environment Agency's first survey of industrial and commercial wastes, published in its 'Strategic Waste Management Assessment 2000: Wales').

Copies of the guidance manual will be made available on the assembly's website on www.wales.gov.uk/subienvironment/toc-e.htm

The guidance was drawn up in consultation with members of the Public Sector Waste Minimisation Steering Group which represented most of the major public sector bodies in Wales.

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