Waste Management in England - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee - 4th Report
The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published a report on waste management in England.
About 177 million tonnes of waste is thrown away every year in England. This is a poor use of resources and has detrimental economic and environmental impacts. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) wants to move towards a 'zero waste economy', yet since April 2014 the Department has "stepped back in areas where businesses are better placed to act and there is no clear market failure".
This inquiry was triggered by Defra's "stepping back" announcement in order to examine existing approaches to recycling and treatment of municipal waste in England, and to assess the impact that the reduction of Defra's activities in municipal waste management could have.