HC Deb 21 May 1990 vol 173 c28W
Mr. Frank Cook

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what effects the European Council decision on waste management and reduction will have upon his present toxic waste policy.

Mr. Trippier

The European Council resolution of April 11 on waste policy sets a framework for the future development of Community policy in this area. It supports waste minimisation through the use of clean technology and clean products and the maximum possible use of recycling. For unavoidable waste arisings, it calls for pre-treatment and high environmental standards for final disposal. The resolution also refers to the desirability of members states aiming for self-sufficiency in waste disposal and calls for an adequate network of disposal facilities across the Community. As such, the resolution is generally consistent with the Government's policies on waste and consequently was strongly supported by the United Kingdom.

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