Monday, June 19, 2017

The resource and waste management sector's Trade Association Group (TAG), of which the Resource Association is a member, has today sent a letter to Michael Gove, following his appointment to Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. 

The letter sets out the priorities that the TAG group would like to see the incoming government take, including:

  • Set out long term policy framework for waste and resource management
  • Take urgent action to reverse the decline in recycling rates
  • Tackle escalating levels of waste crime
The full letter can be found below and can be downloaded here.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

19 June 2017

Dear Secretary of State,

Waste & resource management in England

On behalf of the Trade Association Group of the resources and waste management industry, we are writing to congratulate you on your recent appointment as Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, and to seek an early meeting with you to discuss the future direction of policy in this important area.

The signatories to this letter represent key organisations working to improve the way waste materials are turned into useful resources, providing jobs and growth for the UK economy. Over the past few years our organisations have articulated a unified voice for the waste and resource management sector, working closely with all levels of government.

We believe that improvements in resource efficiency – the way in which materials, energy, and water are used in the UK economy – should be a central theme in the Government’s industrial and environmental policies and strategies, notably the 25 Year Environmental Plan, the UK Industrial Strategy, and the National Infrastructure Assessment.

To this end, we would like to see the incoming government take the following steps:

  • Set out a long term policy framework for waste and resource management, building on the foundations previously laid by European Union waste and resource legislation, so that the industry has the confidence to invest in the infrastructure urgently needed to maximize the recovery of valuable materials, energy and nutrients from waste.

  • Take urgent action to reverse the decline in recycling rates. More needs to be done to prevent food waste, to increase separate collections of food waste from homes and businesses when it can’t be prevented, and to increase the demand for secondary raw materials.

  • Tackle the escalating levels of waste crime, which costs the UK economy over £600 million a year, blights local communities and the environment, and undermines legitimate businesses. The latest ESA-led report on this subject, “Rethinking Waste Crime”, contains a number of important recommendations on how to tackle the problem, in particular by making it harder for criminals to enter the industry. These measures need to be implemented as a matter of urgency.

We look forward to working with you and your Ministerial team at Defra on these pressing priorities, and to meeting you in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive - Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association

Dr Colin Church, Chief Executive - Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director - Environmental Services Association

David Greenfield, Chair of ICE Resource Management Expert Panel - Institution of Civil Engineers

Jeremy Jacobs, Technical Director - Renewable Energy Association

Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive - Resource Association

Andy Hill, Chair – Wood Recyclers Association