The Environmental Services Assocation (ESA) has said Defra’s Waste Management Plan for England does not address the major challenges facing the sector.
The Waste Management Plan for England is required under EU law. It does not introduce any new measures but brings together existing policies under a single umbrella.
ESA criticised the ‘low key’ launch of the plan by Defra. Policy adviser Roy Hathaway said: “As was expected, there is nothing new in the plan.
“The document is a list of current activities, not a plan showing how the Government intends to improve resource management in England from where it is now, to where it would like it be in 2020 and beyond.”
“To be fair to Defra, they have consistently made clear that this Waste Management Plan would be designed to tick the boxes in the Waste Framework Directive and no more.”
“But the challenges facing the sector will not go away: ensuring recycling reaches 50% by 2020 when it is flatlining; how to stimulate markets for recyclates; what more should be done to stamp out waste crime; and how best to encourage private sector investment in new waste infrastructure. In short - how to promote the circular economy.
“These things will not happen without Government leadership.”