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Defra considers waste policy 'reshape'

Defra is considering reshaping UK waste policy as part of its plans to leave the EU, according to resources minister Therese Coffey.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Coffey said her department was looking at addressing barriers to resource efficiency as part of its 25-year environment plan.

Her comments came in response to a written question from Efra committee member Paul Monaghan, in which he asked “what steps [Defra] is taking to remove barriers to a more resource-efficient economy”.

Monaghan also asked whether Coffey would encourage the Environment Agency to reopen its online definition of waste tool to new submissions.

On 11 January, Coffey responded, saying the definition of waste panel is closed until further notice “while the EA reviews its role and purpose”.

On resource efficiency, she said: “As part of our planning for the UK’s exit from the EU, we are considering the options for reshaping our waste and resources policy and regulatory framework to encourage the more sustainable use of resources.

“We are currently developing a 25-year environment plan and will consult stakeholders early this year on the priorities for resources, waste and recycling. Views on the key barriers to resource efficiency and ideas for addressing these will be welcome.

“In parallel, we are working to ensure alignment with other plans in development, such as the Government’s new industrial strategy and our emissions reduction plan.”

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