News last month from Defra and EA states, ‘businesses and manufacturers to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste under government’s Resources and Waste Strategy.’ www.gov.uk
The announcement forms part of the government’s ambitious new Resources and Waste Strategy . It will eliminate avoidable plastic waste and help leave the environment in a better state than we found it for future generations.
Producers will also be expected to take more responsibility for items that can be harder or costly to recycle including cars, electrical goods, and batteries.
Launching the strategy at Veolia’s recycling centre in London, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Our strategy sets out how we will go further and faster, to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together we can move away from being a ‘throw-away’ society, to one that looks at waste as a valuable resource.”
The Resources and Waste Strategy for England sets out how material resources will be presevered by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy in England.
This strategy sets out how government plan to double resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds (including plastic waste) by 2050.
Their strategy sets out how they will:
- preserve stock of material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy
- minimise the damage caused to our natural environment by reducing and managing waste safely and carefully
- deal with waste crime
It combines actions taken now with firm commitments for the coming years and gives a clear longer-term policy direction in line with their 25 Year Environment Plan.
The lives of the materials and goods that are used must be prolonged. Government’s plan is to move society away from the inefficient ‘linear’ economic model of ‘take, make, use, throw’.
A more circular economy (re-use, remanufacture, repair, recycle) will see resources being kept in use for as long as possible. It will allow them to extract maximum value from them, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their lifespan.
Another part of the Resources and Waste Strategy focuses on ‘Tackling waste crime’ which can be found in Chapter 4 www.gov.uk and which should be of interest within the vehicle dismantling industry. It says, ‘Waste-related criminal activity costs the economy hundreds of millions of pounds per year (click on the following PDF for further details). Rogue operators illegally dump or export waste, undermining legitimate businesses by disposing of waste cheaply and recklessly. This deprives the economy of tax income and harms the environment and local communities. By tackling this crime we will ensure that resources are properly recycled or recovered and fed back into the economy.’
This chapter sets out how the government will:
- improve the transport, management and description of waste by reforming existing regulations
- strengthen intelligence sharing and engagement to tackle illegal activity
- prevent illegal activity being hidden through waste exemptions by reforming the existing regime
- mandate the digital recording of waste movements, subject to consultation
- create a Joint Unit for Waste Crime
- toughen penalties for waste criminals
- increase awareness of waste regulations and publicise positive work of enforcement bodies as they tackle waste crime