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Councils, households and businesses face major changes from Government Waste Strategy

talking local government

Release Date: 04/25/2019

Dr David Greenfield draws out key aspects of the current Strategy consultation with Robert Vaughan and Linda Crichton of Defra, and Stuart Hayward-Higham of SUEZ Recyling & Recovery.

Our second edition of the New Circular Economy Show focused on the consultation - due to complete May 18 - on measures that will have a major impact on household waste collections.

The consultations cover proposals including deposit return schemes (DRS) in which people will be paid for returning drinks containers; extended producer responsibilities (EPR) under which producers will need to produce packaging that is easier for households to recycle; and measures to encourage greater consistency in council waste collection arrangements.

Issues discussed that are likely to be close to the hearts of local politicians, waste managers, local businesses and householders include: the Strategy’s ambition to raise national recycling rates from 45% to 65% by 2035; the desire for a ‘dramatic’ rise in weekly food waste collection from its current base of 15%; possible introduction of free garden waste collections; and greater consistency in what and how councils collect for recycling including the suggestion that bin colours should standardize

According to Stuart Hayward-Higham a big part of the challenge is behaviour change, since achievement of a 60% recycling rate requires ‘90% of people to do 90% of the right things 90% of the time.’

Details of future New Circular Economy Shows, presented in collaboration with Dr David Greenfield can be found on CLGdotTV’s eventbrite page (‘follow’ this page to receive alerts about future events).