Headlines: May 30th, 2001

Local authorities, central government departments and executive agencies are being encouraged to take part in a new project to investigate the environmental impact of the public sector in the UK.The project will be run by Waste Watch, the national organisation promoting waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The research which will be carried out by Ernst & Young and funded by Biffaward, anenvironment fund using landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

The aim is to analyse resource flows through the public sector, and the information produced will be used to produce meaningful targets for sustainable waste management practices.

The research will complement other similar projects in other sectors, such as glass, plastics,paper & fibre, textiles and aggregates and will build on a methodology developed by Forum for the Future, a leading Environmental think tank.

According to Waste Watch figures, fifteen per cent of all goods and services purchased in the UK are for the public sector, and Waste Watch see a potential for the sector to set an example.

It says that current environmental performance monitoring and reporting within the public sector is decentralised with no formal standards to follow. As a result, information is typically out-of-date and inaccurate.

Local authorities, central government departments and executive agencies wishing to get involved are urged to contact Doreen Fedrigo at Waste Watch on 020 7253 6266 or Mat Loose at Ernst & Young on 020 7951 8880.

Link: www.wastewatch.org.uk .