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This timely seminar assessed steps for waste management, recycling and the circular economy in the UK.
It took place following publication of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which sets new targets of eliminating all avoidable waste by 2050 and EU proposals to raise 2030 recycling targets to 70% at a time of stalling recycling rates in the UK - as well as with the NIC’s National Infrastructure Assessment due this year with proposals for improving waste infrastructure.
The agenda included keynote contributions from Dr Lee Davies, Head of Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Strategy, Defra; Dr Marcus Gover, Chief Executive Officer, WRAP; Dr Liz Goodwin, Chair, London Waste and Recycling Board and Dr Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government.
Delegates discussed key issues and next steps for waste and recycling in the UK including reducing waste at a local and devolved level, as well as priorities for developing the UK circular economy looking at legal issues, incentives, producer responsibility and supply chains.