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Why Is The Government Attacking Consumers On Waste?

An influential report from the House of Lords has cast major doubt on the current government policy of attacking consumers with regards to waste disposal and recycling. The Lords committee found that consumers were being pressurised into recycling and trying to cut back on waste by fines and other threats from the authorities when they account for less than 10% of waste in the UK.

Quite how the government can justify spending millions of pounds on crazy waste recycling schemes for the consumer when industry and supermarkets are the main perpetrators seems very strange indeed. So what are they scared of?

When it comes down to basics the consumer is by far and away the easier of any targets in the UK with many not even aware that the UK public are responsible for less than 10% of waste in the UK. Surely it is time to look at companies who use excessive wrapping on their goods in order to extend their shelf life or make them more presentable to consumer.

While we have seen talk of fines for industries not hitting waste targets we have also seen the likes of Tesco threaten to take the government to court over veiled threats to force them to reduce their use of plastic bags. Big businesses have big bucks and can fight the government when the tax payers really have no means of defending themselves.

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