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CIWM sets out new strategy and policy focus areas

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has set out its new strategy for 2018-23, along with six priority themes for focus in 2018, designed to help it achieve keys objectives of strengthening its role and profile.

These include:

  • Health and safety – prioritising behavioural change and good practice sharing.
  • Waste crime – the CIWM is already working with others across the sector to tackle criminal activity and persistent poor performance.
  • Future resource and waste policy –  a critical area during the next 18 months as the Government develops its thinking on environmental and industrial policy in the context of Brexit and the significant country-specific policy developments anticipated across the UK countries and Ireland.
  • Future of producer responsibility – the concept of extended producer responsibility is moving up the agenda and is relevant across CIWM’s membership base. It is also a key element of the EU circular economy (CE) package, which looks set to apply in the UK in at least the short term, and links to the wider debate about design for resource productivity and efficiency, remanufacturing and reuse.
  • Household collection and recycling – there are currently important developments and challenges in this area, including WRAP’s consistency project and Food Waste Recycling Action Plan, under both of which the CIWM is either leading or participating in key work streams. 
  • Education and skills – this will encompasses several strands of work including enhancing the membership offer and increasing membership, the new waste and recycling apprenticeships in England and the wider ‘skills for a resource efficient economy’ agenda.

Beyond the UK and Ireland-focused policy themes detailed above, the organisation will also be working on relevant EU and international policy issues, including the progress of the CE package and the outlook for the export of recovered materials and waste-derived fuels in the context of Brexit and other global market developments.

It will also build on the 2017/18 presidential report Making Waste Work: A Toolkit – community waste management in low- and middle-income countries through its international networks in order to play its part in mobilising action to address what it calls “the global waste crisis”.

The CIWM strategy document sets out its six strategic areas of focus: membership, influence, knowledge, funding, customer service and management. Plans are afoot to refresh its membership offer for all individual members and to develop more tailored services.

With the recent inclusion of training body Wamitab within the CIWM Group, an education, training and qualifications strategy is to be developed during 2018 to bring together and structure its support for learners and members. Also in the pipeline is the finalisation of an inclusion, diversity and equality statement during 2018.

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