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A PROGRAMME FOR ZERO WASTE
1.The economic playing field must be rebalanced. The hierarchy of profitability must match the environmental hierarchy. This can be done byrevising waste taxes and public benefits in three ways:
introducing a disposal tax that reflects the environmental hierarchy
cutting the subsidies presently given to incineration
introducing a price guarantee scheme for recycled materials to fundthe build-up costs of four stream recycling.
The £550 million raised in waste taxes must be re-channelled to a ZeroWaste Fund. This requires:
a change in the landfill tax regulations so that the 20 per cent offsetsare paid into the publicly-run recycling fund
earmarking a further 20 per cent to support employment andenvironmental goals through recycling
amending the packaging recovery regulations so that payments bythe 'obligated parties' are channelled to recycling collectors.3.Establishing a Zero Waste Agency to administer the transitional funds and'animate' the change.
Founding a new type of Green Academy, equivalent to the Germantechnical schools of the mid-nineteenth century. It would be charged withdeveloping organisational forms, knowledge and skills relevant to zerowaste, and new ways of generating 'distributed intelligence'. Its curriculaand priorities would be set by the needs thrown up by the newenvironmental systems. Hence its research, teaching and skill formationwould be linked closely to ground level projects - following the approachof the Ulm School of Design - and provide learning resources to those in oroutside employment.
Appointing Zero Waste Advisers - some recruited from leading recyclingand reduction projects overseas - to advise on recycling schemes andprojects. The group would be part of an international network, promotingexchanges and part-time attachments, and linking into practitioners'associations.
The launch of a 'Closed Loop Industrialisation' Initiative, promoting thedevelopment of secondary materials industries, ecodesign and hazardreduction technologies. In addition to material productivity, it would aim