The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has put forward proposals towards creating a “credible” waste prevention plan for England.
Responding to the Defra’s consultation on England’s Waste Prevention Programme, which closed on 23 September, the ESA called for the final plan to:
- Make Government Buying Standards (which include requirements for sustainable purchasing for Government’s bodies) apply to the wider public sector such as schools and hospitals
- Encourage WRAP to focus its limited resources on the top of the waste hierarchy (above), for example waste prevention and reuse
- Explore the role of new voluntary agreements to reduce waste arisings in key sectors
- Identify and create data and metrics to support waste prevention progress and monitor progress
The consultation document had been strongly criticised by the waste industry for a lack of ambition, objectives, and measurable goals.
ESA director of policy Matthew Farrow (left) said Defra had identified the right waste streams to focus on in the consultation but added: “Serious work is needed if England is to have the credible waste prevention plan required by the Waste Framework Directive.”
According to the ESA, the main priorities should be electrical and electronic equipment, construction materials, food waste, clothing and textiles, furniture, and plastics.
Farrow said that specific actions were needed around the products and waste streams identified: addressing waste prevention in the public sector beyond central government, on encouraging partnerships between the third sector and commercial companies, and the role of future voluntary agreements.
Earlier this month MRW reported that Defra said there would be no further consultation on a draft of England’s waste prevention plan.