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Government called on to set up central strategic waste board

The Industry and Public Sector Waste Action Forum (IPSWAF) has called on the Government to set up a central strategic waste board to coordinate policy and ensure a consistent approach to dealing with waste and recycling in England.

The ninth Forum event was attended by delegates from local authorities, government, industry, and retailers, who discussed the regulatory disconnects in the government’s waste strategy framework and how it should be improved.

Issues highlighted included organisations involved in waste and recycling working at different levels - local, region, or national — which has led to different priorities and interpretations of regulations and inconsistencies in approach and judgement.

MP David Kidney spoke at the event of the need for greater development of procurement strategies, smarter regulation, shaping of the market, and more coherent waste policies.

IPSWAF chairman Nigel Pritchard said: “It was very clear that members and many of our guests believe that a central strategic waste board would help resolve many of the regulatory disconnects that exist in the strategic waste framework.”

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