Government faces choice in implementation of comprehensive waste plan

Implementing the Clean Growth Strategy objectives for waste management will mean choosing between a progressive plan or business as usual, says think tank

New targets will treat waste as a resource. Photograph: 123RFDEFRA’s forthcoming waste strategy should take on the EU’s 2030 waste targets, while also introduce targets for minimisation, commercial and industrial waste and resource efficiency, according to the Green Alliance.

UK waste policy follows that set in the EU, with DEFRA taking a backseat in any policy work since 2013. Recycling targets expire in 2020, in line with current European policy. The EU’s Circular Economy Package, which will outline new targets and a broader approach to treat waste as a resource, is due to be agreed by the end of 2017, but is not expected to be transcribed domestically by the time the UK leaves the EU.

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