The UK waste industry has urged environment secretary Michael Gove to “press ahead” with the resources and waste strategy after he considered resigning from the Government.
Gove, a prominent ‘leave’ campaigner in the EU referendum, was reportedly offered the role of Brexit secretary after Dominic Raab resigned the position in protest against an exit deal brokered by prime minister Theresa May.
According to ‘confirmed sources’, Gove also considered stepping down from his Cabinet position – putting the long-awaited resources and waste strategy at risk.
He has been holding regular meetings with waste industry representatives ahead of the strategy’s launch.
It now appears Gove will continue to head up Defra and support May. This raises hopes that the strategy will be published on schedule.
David Palmer-Jones, chief executive of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, said: “Michael Gove brings excellent leadership to Defra as it works towards achieving a circular economy in the UK.
“Defra must press ahead with its resources and waste strategy, and the anticipated fundamental reform of producer and packaging responsibility schemes, helping to better fund local authority waste services and protect the environment.
“The public wants manufacturers to take responsibility for their waste, through a shift away from a system where producers can simply buy compliance to one that makes them fully responsible for delivering tangible environmental benefits.”