The Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) is currently undertaking an inquiry into waste exports.
This inquiry will be focusing on the environmental and economic realities of waste exports across a variety of materials streams, including plastics, glass, paper and metals.
We will also be looking at export trends in relation to waste derived fuels such as RDF and SRF. These will be examined through the lens of the potential of the sustainable resource sector to contribute to UK growth, resilience and job creation.
The report will focus on where exports are boosting the economy and where keeping materials within the domestic market would be of greater benefit to the UK, examining barriers and potential solutions to the current system of waste exports.
The report is being chaired by former environment secretary, MP Caroline Spelman, who is working closely with the group to produce a neutral and evidence based report, with a series of recommendations to Government and industry on how to build the most economically and environmentally robust system for waste and materials treatment, whether it be in the UK or abroad.
The inquiry process is made up of a series of expert interviews, desk based research, and written evidence, resulting in a final report which will be launched in Parliament in December.
We are looking for a broad range of opinions from those working across the sector, and have launched a written Call for Evidence.
Laura Wilton, manager of Sustainable Resource at Policy Connect