Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy – hopes and expectations

Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy – hopes and expectations has announced that the UK Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy will be published on 18th December via the Depertment for Enen]rgy, Food & Rural Affairs: link 
This is expected to have widespread impacts on product design, manufacture, wholesale and retail trade and on households in terms of using less materials and producing less waste.
Below are summaries of well-informed aspirations voiced during 2018. This should serve as a handy checklist for assessing whether the Strategy meets or even exceeds such hopes.
On Wednesday, Michael Gove MP is to be asked questions in Parliament about this new report.
Dr. Adam Read, 2nd January 2018, External Affairs Director at SUEZ UK link
“Firstly, I hope that the new strategy meets our expectations and delivers a coherent policy framework that works across government departments, and sets the right ambitions for a circular economy that is deliverable yet challenging.
I fear that the government will be a little more ad-hoc and reactionary to the hot topics of the day, such as marine plastics and deposit return schemes – leaving the sector ‘disappointed’ in either the strategy’s lack of vision, or lack of supporting policy, legislation and enforcement to make the step change we all want and need.”
CIWM Journal Online, #RTF18: Resources & Waste Strategy Needs “Whole System” Approach link
Posted on 13 June 2018, reported by Darrel Moore
Shaun Gallagher, Director, Environmental Quality, Defra:
“A ‘whole system’ approach is needed in the Government’s forthcoming Resources & Waste Strategy if it is to have any impact, … engagement right across government”.
“… whole lifecycle of products and … specific waste streams in greater detail.”
“A section on waste crime …”
“… stim0ulate demand for secondary materials market.”
“… actions that go further than those set out in European obligations.”
“… it’s vital the strategy is comprehensive …”
Not to “include plans for a pay as you throw (PAYT) system to increase recycling among householders” but “statutory targets for councils, among other measures, were being looked into.”
Panel discussion: Made Smarter, Designed Smarter:
“… maximising resource productivity, maximising the value of resources through their lifetime and managing materials at end of life.’
“… to make recycling easier for people, …”
“to create partnerships across the industry;”
“to look into the sector’s visibility and into a rating system;
“better data on waste and resources;
“to make recycling simple for householders to do the right thing.”
“To consider new incentives and VAT reductions for repair activities”
“to encourage take-up of innovative digital technologies that can support repair,”
“extended producer responsibility that rewards resource efficient design”
“set legally binding targets for resource productivity.”
Resources & Waste Strategy Will “Require” Food Waste Collections link
Anaerobic Digestion National Conference 2018 in Westminster (ADBA)
Posted on 13 December 2018, reported by Darrel Moore
Investment Minister Graham Stuart MP:
“require separate food waste collections to reduce emissions from landfill and produce renewable energy and natural fertiliser through anaerobic digestion (AD).”
“tackle long-standing issues like waste crime, collection systems, packaging and plastic pollution – including requiring separate food waste collections.”
“a national separate food waste collection scheme”
“to export waste management services and technologies worldwide”
“the role of AD in decarbonising the UK’s heat system and heavy transport, in restoring soils, and in reducing methane emissions.”
“national standard for food waste collections.”
“allow England to catch up with the rest of the UK in recycling its inedible food waste whilst importantly also reducing the amount of food wasted in the first place.”
“measures to support local authorities in achieving sufficiently high capture rates.”
“the AD industry can help the UK meet a range of policy goals from tackling climate change to supporting sustainable farming and greening the gas grid.”

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