Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) chief executive Steve Lee this week mocked last year’s waste review and urged Defra to take note of the Wales and Scotland government’s recycling plans.
Lee lavished praise on the devolved administrations for their waste policies and derided Defra’s waste review as “as interesting as half a sink full of dirty water”.
He told the CIWM annual conference: “Hats off to Scotland and Wales.
There is a lot of good thinking in the devolveds. Long term, clear, sustainable. Bit of a request to Defra, more vision please. More leadership.”
The CIWM chief has been a long-term critic of the waste review.
He added: “When I confront them [ministers and Defra officials] with a photograph of cold dish water with a mop floating in it and I tell them that’s how I feel about their policy review - which is what I do - I personally would be quite taken aback by that: ‘Blimey, all that work I’ve put into a policy review and he says it’s about as interesting as interesting as half a sink full of dish water’.”