News: Defra publish waste prevention programme for England
The programme aims to create a more robust economy and safer environment through resource efficiency and waste prevention which includes the extension of product life through design, repair or re-use.
Thursday, 19th December 2013
A key priority for the Government is to boost growth in the economy whilst continuing to improve the environment. Whilst the economy is turning a corner, the recovery is in its early days and many risks remain. Moving towards a more resource efficient, circular economy offers scope for innovation, sustainable growth and saving money, as well as reducing the impact on the environment. Waste prevention includes many different types of activity, each contributing to making better use of resources. Action to reduce waste arisings and increase resource efficiency should therefore be a priority for all sectors of the economy. This document sets out the Waste Prevention Programme for England. It articulates the actions for government and others which together will move us towards reducing waste. The aim of the Programme is to improve the environment and protect human health by supporting a resource efficient economy, reducing the quantity and impact of waste produced whilst promoting sustainable economic growth. The Government wants to encourage businesses to contribute to a more sustainable economy by building waste reduction into design, offering alternative business models and delivering new and improved products and services. Designing waste out of products and services is essential and here they look to business to make these changes, supported by government action to help facilitate and incentivise change. The Government will develop, through the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a Sustainable Electricals Action Plan, aimed at catalysing sector action and seeking commitment on design for longer life, and increased technical durability. This will help businesses develop service models which keep products in circulation for longer, such as trade-in for resale, rental and leasing. Through the Technology Strategy Board's (TSB) investment of up to £5 million in collaborative research and development and their design challenges for a circular economy competition (£1.5 million) there will be support for innovation in design. The programme will also raising awareness of resource efficient business models and supply chain innovations through a £900,000 programme of Action Based Research pilots and WRAP run trials of take back schemes and leasing/hiring schemes. The aim is to encourage a culture of valuing resources by making it easier for people and businesses to find out how to reduce their waste, to use products for longer, repair broken items, and enable re-use of items by others. For the Defra publication, please go to the external weblink.