The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) should take a leading role in overseeing waste policies, a House of Lords inquiry has found.
In the final report of an investigation into the potential of a waste-based economy, the Science and Technology Committee has called for a minister within BIS to co-ordinate waste activities across Government. He or she should then produce a plan for at least 15 years by 2015.
The committee also said BIS should ensure that more comprehensive and updated information on waste streams were available, particularly for non-household waste.
The report said: “Industry needs to engage with BIS as a matter of urgency to agree ways in which this can be achieved for non-domestic waste streams.”
WRAP could be given the task of collecting and analysing data, it suggested.
Defra and the communities department were also urged to adopt “a far more ambitious” approach to collections to maximise the value that can be extracted from waste. One of the long-term policy goals should be creating a more standardised system across local authorities.
In one of the inquiry’s evidence sessions, resource minister Dan Rogerson, energy minister Michael Fallon and climate change minister Gregory Barker were grilled as to why England was not implementing separate collection schemes as in other parts of the UK.
Last month, the Tory group Conservative 2020 has also argued in a report that waste responsibilities be transferred from Defra to the business department.