How radical is the government’s waste strategy likely to be?

Will the forthcoming waste and resources strategy be genuinely “radical” as the government claims, or another “plan for a plan” spawning endless consultation? Catherine Early asks the experts what they think

Rubbish collected for recycling
The government's waste strategy has been promised this year

From plastic in our water and our faeces, to UK packaging being found dumped in other countries or fraud in the plastics recycling system, barely a day goes by without waste topping the headlines.

It is just as well the government has been working on a waste and resources strategy for some time. Environment minister Thérèse Coffey has promised the much anticipated strategy will be “quite radical”, and will include reform of secondary markets for plastic to give councils a reason to collect plastic other than polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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