Consultation: revised waste framework directive

Defra has launched a consultation on how to implement the revised EU Waste Framework Directive in England and Wales, and your views are being sought.

The Directive will bring together new and existing measures to promote waste prevention, recycling, and better use of resources while protecting human health and the environment.

The consultation includes proposals on:

  • A legal obligation for those producing waste (other than householders) to deal with their waste in the best way possible for the environment wherever practical, prioritising actions to prevent waste in the first place; then preparing any waste for re-use; recycling it; using other types of recovery such as energy from waste; and if all else fails disposing of it. This ‘waste hierarchy’ is already part of policy in many areas.
  • A statutory target to recycle 50% of waste from households by 2020.
  • A statutory target to recover 70% of construction and demolition waste by 2020. There is an existing joint Government and industry voluntary target to halve construction, demolition and excavation waste disposed of in landfill by 2012, compared to a 2008 baseline.
  • Setting up where practical separate collections for: waste paper; metal; plastic; and glass by 2015. Separate collections can include co-mingled waste collection followed by separation at recycling facilities.

The consultation also discusses other issues such as the need to encourage the separate collection of bio-waste, how to define the term ‘recycling’ for the purpose of setting and meeting targets and which techniques should be termed ‘recycling’.

The consultation closes on 16 September 2010.  Your views are very welcome. For further details including how to respond please see this page on the Defra consultation site.

Related to this, Caroline Spelman announced a wide ranging review of waste policy on 15 June.

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