COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Waste mountain is likely to double by 2020, claims report

The UK's domestic rubbish mountain will double to 60 million tonnes a year by 2020 if present spending trends continue, according to environmental charity Global Action Plan.

The report, Consuming Passion, has been publicised to mark the charity's 10th anniversary and examines the effect of consumerism on the environment.

It found that domestic water use, carbon dioxide emissions and waste have all risen, despite many initiatives to reduce them and scientific evidence revealing the dangers of climate change.

"We were wary of producing the report because it can be seen as anti-progress," said Trewin Restorick, director of Global Action Plan. "But once we saw the extent of damage done we felt it was definitely worth raising."

The report reveals that energy consumption from domestic lighting, TVs and VCRs has risen and points out that leaving electrical appliances on stand-by accounts for 6 per cent of the UK's total domestic energy consumption.

"But it's not all doom and gloom," said Restorick. "We have shown that with the right encouragement and support, people will make positive changes."

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