The government’s unfinished business on waste reform

England’s Resources and Waste Strategy, published three years ago by then environment secretary Michael Gove, made a series of bold policy proposals. With a new ministerial team now at DEFRA – and the Covid pandemic disrupting Whitehall workstreams – how close is the strategy’s vision to being implemented? David Burrows investigates

by David Burrows
Greenpeace activists dump bags of plastic waste at the entrance to Downing Street in a protest against the UK governments exporting of plastic waste in July
Greenpeace dumped bags of plastic waste at the entrance to Downing Street in July in protest against UK exports of plastic waste. Photograph: Greenpeace/Getty Images

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