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Consultation on the Waste Prevention Programme for England: Towards a Resource-Efficient Economy


We are consulting on a new Waste Prevention Programme for England: Towards a Resource Efficient Economy that sets out priorities for action to manage our resources and waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy – which means preventing waste by amongst other things increasing reuse, repair and remanufacture of products.

The Programme outlines the potential for, and benefits of, action on waste prevention, what industry is already doing and could do, as well as setting out actions for government.

Why we are consulting

We are consulting to gather views on our proposals from those with an interest in our strategic goals: increasing resource efficiency and minimising waste, reducing GHG emissions, and safeguarding our natural capital and resource security. There is a legal duty to consult on the draft Programme and to give consultees an opportunity to comment on the proposals. We are giving respondents an opportunity to comment on: our approach to waste prevention, whether we have identified the appropriate priority areas for action, and on the actions the government proposes to take. The Devolved Administrations are responsible for producing their own Waste Prevention Programmes which together with this draft Programme will cover the whole of the UK.

Read more: Waste Prevention Programme for England