Resources and Waste Strategy expected in November

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

Government will publish its Resources and Waste Strategy in November, Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh said to a packed seminar theatre at RWM.

The strategy will have five key principles based on the 25 Year Environment Plan published in February.

These are how to achieve zero avoidable waste by 2050, phasing out avoidable plastic waste by 2042, new targets for waste and recycling, how to stop food waste going to landfill by 2030 and reforming the PRN system.

Originally planned for release in early Autumn, Creagh said the ‘vexed’ issue of Brexit plus the Chancellor pushing the Budget back to late October meant the publication date for the strategy had been put back.

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to introduce a tax on some single-use plastics following a consultation in August which received 162,000 responses, the highest in the Treasury’s history.

Creagh said: “I think a lot of the targets can be achieved earlier than government has set out.

“The PRN has evolved into a comfortable way to meet recycling targets but we have a lower rate than many other advanced countries. The current PRN system is open to fraud, plus the Environment Agency is carrying out fewer compliance visits.”

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