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R&WUK lobby group scrapped as Lee steps down

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association have wound up their policy strategy partnership, Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK), following the retirement of Steve Lee as director general.

A statement from the two organisations said Lee’s departure at the end of October had prompted a review of their arrangements for joint working.

“While R&WUK provided a useful initial framework to build a more collaborative approach, the partnership has since developed in a number of ways and it has been decided that it can best be taken forward through other avenues,” the statement said.

“The two organisations will continue to work together on high level areas of policy, including future infrastructure needs and the Government’s forthcoming waste and resource strategy, but this activity will no longer be communicated through the R&WUK brand.”

R&WUK was established in 2014 because it was felt that a co-ordinated voice for the sector was “more important than ever” because of the political, economic and technical environment in which the industry operates.

RWUK report cover

RWUK report cover

The organisation produced two reports, both in 2015. In May, the first set out priorities for the incoming Government, while in September, a report written by Eunomia on managing the risks of secondary material prices, was published.

The latest significant contribution came in June 2017 in the form of an open letter to the new environment secretary Michael Gove, resources minister Therese Coffey and the then shadow secretary Sue Hayman to emphasise the environmental and economic contribution of the waste sector and highlight priority areas where further support from the Government was needed.

Both organisations said they were grateful for the work and support of Lee during the past three years and wished him well on his retirement.

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