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Waste Prevention: Timeline - How MRW reported the debate

1970s

  • The concept of the waste management hierarchy dates back to this time, when environmentalists raised concerns about waste disposal practices.

1975

  • The waste hierarchy concept was first introduced in European waste policy in the EU ‘s Waste Framework.

1989

  • The hierarchy was formalised in the European Commission’s Community Strategy for Waste Management. This was further endorsed in the Commission review of the strategy in 1996.

2000

  • Defra published its Waste Not Want Not report, which set out the UK ‘s waste strategy. Consolidating adoption of the waste hierarchy done in the early 1990s.

June 2011

  • The waste prevention programme was promised (http://bit.ly/kCEII k) and then delivered (http://bit.ly/kwEL 3k) as part of the Government’s waste policy review.

October 2012

  • The European Commission released a guidance documenton preparing for waste prevention. The report said that prevention is the most efficient way to reduce waste and avoid environmental impacts including greenhouse gas emissions and those associated with resource extraction (http://bit.ly/SDvMQQ).

March 2013

  • Defra consultation on waste prevention started. The call for evidence stated that waste prevention can include designing products for durability and ease of repair, use of fewer hazardous resources, and ensuring that reuse services are available. The consultation period ends on 29 April (http://bit.ly/116MLuL).

December 2013

  • Defra waste prevention policy due. The revised Waste Framework Directive requires member states to have national waste prevention plans in place by 12 December.

 

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