Government to cut environmental ‘red tape’

Prime Minister David Cameron recently boasted that his government is tearing up “80,000 pages” of environmental regulations and building guidelines.

In a speech at the ‘Federation of Small Businesses’ conference, Cameron claimed that the Coalition government was the first to cut more unnecessary ‘red tape’ that it introduced. The move is part of a push to tackle major housing shortages in the UK by making house building cheaper for developers; and to cut costs for businesses in order to help stimulate the economy.

At the conference, the Prime Minister said:

“We have trawled through thousands of pieces of regulation, from the serious to the ridiculous, and we will be scrapping or amending over 3,000 regulations – saving business well over £850m every single year. That’s half a million pounds which will be saved for businesses every single day of the year.”

Recycling Lives recognises the need to tackle the housing crisis and stimulate the economy by supporting small businesses. Our award-winning social welfare charity has been nationally recognised for its work in tackling homelessness. We offer accommodation, education, training and work experience to homeless and long-term unemployed individuals. We also support small business and entrepreneurs, providing top quality Business Incubators to start-up enterprises.

However, these issues cannot be tackled at the expense of environmental protection. Social, economic and environmental issues need to be approached with inclusive solutions that consider all the potential effects. It is no good to tackle one of these issues in a way that will damage the environemnt.

The government has responded to claims that these changes could endanger the environment by stating that many of the regulations to be cut are obsolete or irrelevant. However, Environmental Industries Commission executive director, Matthew Farrow, is still concerned.

“Nobody wants regulation for the sake of it, and addressing areas of duplication or over complex guidance is reasonable enough. But the rhetoric used and the scale of what is planned is a major concern to the UK’s environmental industries and their investors – a sector worth £122 billion with 4.7% growth last year.”

Recycling Lives is committed to protecting the environment. As a recycling and waste management company, our core operations help to create a green society by diverting waste from landfill, maximising recycling and reuse rates, and processing problem waste streams such as FPD screens. As an innovative and forward thinking company, Recycling Lives developed the country’s first ever processing centre for flat screen display units, a process which deals with the disposal of hazardous mercury.