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England's Waste Prevention Programme to be launched on Wednesday

England’s strategy on waste prevention is to be published a day before the deadline set by the EU.

Colin Church

Colin Church, director for resource and waste at Defra, left, indicated on Twitter (below) that the document will be launched on 11 December. The EU revised Waste Framework Directive requires member states to publish waste prevention programmes by 12 December.

Earlier this year Church told MRW that there would be no further consultation after the original period ended on 23 September so that the department would have more time to work it through, and to encourage engagement with the plan.

The consultation was labelled “a missed opportunity” to lay out targets and objectives by industry leaders.

Writing for MRW’s review of 2013 this week - ahead of publication - Resource Association chief executive Ray Georgeson said he had low expectations of the programmes’ ambition.  

Phil Conran, director of 360 Environmental, also told MRW the programme had been “widely derided as lacking in ambition and content”.


The Welsh Government recently published its programme, setting a series of tough targets to “break the link between economic growth and generation of waste”.

It introduces annual waste reduction targets for 2050, compared to a 2006/7 baseline. These include decreases of 1.4% a year for construction and demolition, 1.2% for commercial and 1.4% for industrial waste.  The target for household waste reduction is 1.2% a year.

Scotland’s programme was published on 2 October while a consultation on Northern Ireland’s programme is due to end the day before the EU deadline.


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