"The prospect of positive action on sustainable waste management was welcomed with open arms by our industry," said Ian Goodfellow, UK md of waste management group Shanks.
"However, the reality fell short. Rather than providing a roadmap to achieving a zero waste society the Review was very cautious, offering guidance that is voluntary, consultative or, in some cases, merely encouragement in short, it was heavy on ambition but light on action."
However, Goodfellow welcomed government efforts to put waste reduction and recycling above recovery and disposal and viewing of waste as a resource. And he praised the publication of the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Strategy and Action Plan, which sets out a vision and action plan to develop AD facilities.
Unilever has contracted Shanks to manage its waste across Belgium and the Netherlands.