My Labour colleagues and I recently brought together a group of well-regarded industry experts to discuss how to create jobs and growth through the resource economy and feed into Labour’s waste policy review.
Labour has already slammed the Tory-led government’s Waste Review, which was a missed opportunity to set an ambitious plan for a sustainable economy and we believe an ambitious alternative strategy is needed.
In comparison with radical waste and resource strategies outlined by Governments in both Wales and Scotland, England’s plan is just not good enough.
The first of the series of roundtable meetings focussed on the vacuum of political leadership and practical ways to grow the economy.
Each of our participants, who were drawn from a wide cross-section of the waste sector, was asked to bring to the table one particular example of best practice in the industry which has the potential to create growth and jobs.
These will now be used to feed directly into the policy review.
Labour will lay out its proposals for the waste sector, with a significant policy announcement expected at the RWM with CIWM event in Birmingham in September.
In the coming weeks I will be also be visiting a number of businesses to inspect first hand best practices and innovations or, including PyroPure in Bordon, Hampshire; EcoPlastics in Hemswell, Lincolnshire; and the Virgin Atlantic site at Gatwick.
Shadow waste minister Gavin Shuker