Just days after the launch of the resources and waste strategy, MRW hosted a round table at Portcullis House in Westminster. It was the first chance for the industry to get together to discuss Defra’s publication.
The event was supported by FCC, Valpak and the All Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group. It was held even before the Environment Audit Committee had had a chance to grill environment secretary Michael Gove that same day.
Around the table we had representatives from every corner of the industry – including Local Government Association environment committee chairman Martin Tett, Bywaters’ John Glover, Inpen’s Paul Vanston and Barry Sheerman MP. Defra representatives were also on hand to give vital background to the strategy.
A write up of the many important issues discussed at the event will be published in the February issue of MRW, available at the end of January.
Here’s flavour of some of the discussions. The full report will be online for subscribers only.
”There is a big chunk of residual waste that needs to be dealt with, energy-from-waste must be a better way of treating it than some other historical methods.” Julie Fourcade, FCC
”I can see a situation where citizens are told ‘don’t waste food’ alongside ‘give us your food waste’. We will have to be clear on what we mean about avoidable and unavoidable waste.” Paul Vanston, Incpen
“If the Government introduces an incineration tax, that’s an enormous change of policy that needs to be thought through.” Martin Tett, Local Government Association
“We are setting out to ensure we get effective policy through EPR. It links to tax on packaging and DRS. It’s all big and exciting stuff that we are going to deliver.” Tom Murray, Defra