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Together we can make the resources and waste strategy work

An MRW round table held in Westminster brought together key players in the UK resources sector to examine in detail proposals for extended producer responsibility (EPR) and a deposit return scheme (DRS).

Both are key elements in Defra’s resources and waste strategy, and consultations are currently underway. 

The event was backed by FCC, along with the compliance scheme European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Policy Connect. We heard from right across the sector, including CIWM head of policy Pat Jennings, Tomra Collection UK and Ireland managing director Truls Haug, London Assembly environment committee chair Leonie Cooper, Alupro executive director Rick Hindley, Incpen chief executive Paul Vanson and British Glass senior policy adviser Debbie Huntingdon. 

Representatives of business and local authorities and Defra also gave their perspectives.

It became clear that, despite some differences, there was a willingness from everyone to work towards a better recycling system and that citizens need to be brought on-board.

Julie Fourcade, head of external affairs at FCC, said: ”The schemes must be consistent locally, regionally and nationally…they must also be clear and simple enough for everyone to use in their everyday lives.”

John Redmayne, managing director of ERP, said: “It was a breath of fresh air to see the discussion focus very much on the bigger picture.”

But there are still sticking points over how EPR funding should work. 

A full write up of the round table is included in the April 2019 issue of MRW

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