Defra has published a document that aims to set out where we are now in terms of the waste England generates and how the country manages those materials. Minister Dan Rogerson has said that the Waste Management Plan For England is not “exhaustive” and will be revised if needed.
According to resource Minister Dan Rogerson’s foreword, the Waste Management Plan For England “records some impressive progress” that has taken place after the publishing of Defra’s Waste Strategy for England 2007.
The Plan, published last week (13 Dec) provides an analysis of the current waste management situation in England and evaluates how it will support implementation of the objectives and provisions of the revised Waste Framework Directive.
It claims to provide the planning framework to enable local authorities to put forward, through local waste management plans, strategies that identify sites and areas suitable for new or enhanced facilities to meet the waste management needs of their areas.
Dan Rogerson – “We already see many local authorities co-operating to save money and provide better services. There are opportunities too for innovative ways of providing waste services to small and medium-sized enterprises”
Defra sets out within the document plans for regulations to improve quality at materials recycling facilities, and targets to increase plastic packaging recycling to 42 percent by 2017.
The document states that the Government does not consider any “further exceptional measures” necessary at this time, and that its preferred option for the Waste Management Plan for England is that it should be a “compilation of existing and planned policies.”
Defra states: “This reflects the fact that there is already a comprehensive system of waste management policy and legislation in England.”
Rogerson says that Government will “set the conditions” that will allow businesses, local authorities, the waste sector, Government and “every one of us as consumers and householders to make the changes necessary.”
We also need more joint working,” Rogerson said. “We already see many local authorities co-operating to save money and provide better services. There are opportunities too for innovative ways of providing waste services to small and medium-sized enterprises.”
Rogerson says that the Plan is not an “exhaustive strategy” and that Defra will continue to monitor the effectiveness its policies on waste and resource management. “Where necessary we will adjust them to protect the environment and human health,” he said.
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