Government

Defra to consult on revised waste management plan

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to consult on a revised Waste Management Plan for England, though it is not currently proposing any new policies.

The consultation, launched yesterday (20 August) and which will run until 15 October, is part of the requirement stipulated in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 to revise the Waste Management Plan every six years.

Front cover of Defra Waste Management Plan for England consultation documentThe last amended plan was released in December 2013, though rather than implementing new waste management measures or policies, it brought together the findings of the government’s 2011 review of waste policy and recorded progress on the Waste Strategy for England 2007.

The Waste Management Plan for England does not currently propose any new policies, rather reflecting the policies laid out in the Resources and Waste Strategy 2018 and the changes necessitated by the UK’s adoption of the EU Circular Economy Package (CEP), such as a 65 per cent municipal recycling rate target for 2035.

The consultation will seek views on whether the draft Waste Management Plan for England fulfils the obligations of the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, and make an assessment of England’s current waste management system, including whether new waste collections schemes, new infrastructure and new anti-litter measures are needed.

The Waste Management Plan for England will sit alongside the Waste Prevention Programme for England, which articulates actions for government to reduce waste arisings and increase resource efficiency. The government launched a consultation on this, which would update the Programme originally published in 2013, on 6 August, and it will run until 23 September.

You can respond to Defra’s consultation on the Waste Management Plan for England on the dedicated consultation website.