English waste prevention programme may not convince EU

DEFRA wants to make England’s economy less wasteful and more circular but is not introducing new policies or targets to bring this about

Improving business resource efficiency, avoiding or redistributing food waste and a more circular economy are key goals in the government’s draft Waste Prevention Programme for England.

But a lack of clear objectives in the draft could mean it fails to satisfy European waste prevention obligations.

At the core of the draft document is a 130-word “shared vision” on waste prevention and resource use. This mission statement from DEFRA wants to “propel us towards a world with less waste; a more circular economy”.

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