Waste Consultations & Responses

Waste Consultations

Consultations provide stakeholders with the opportunity to engage, input and shape policy decisions at an early stages of policy-making. They often present several options (may or may not offer a preferred option) on which feedback is requested.


The consultation is open for response. Stakeholders are able to provide their feedback. Please see the consultation page for more details on how to send your feedback.


The consultation has closed for feedback and policy or regulatory decisions have been made and implemented.

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Resources & Waste Strategy

Added 21 January 2019

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Defra published the Resources and Waste Strategy, which contains a raft of new policies. At least six consultations were planned for 2019, which covered topics such as Packaging System Reform, Deposit Return Systems (DRS), new Extended Producer Responsibility Systems and food waste. Download our member summary document.

European Commission Consultations on the Circular Economy and Waste Markets

Updated 20 June 2018

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The amendments to the waste Directives were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. There are a number of significant amendments, so we have produced a member summary document to outline some of the key changes.

Defra consult on measures to tackle waste crime

Added March 2018

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Defra and Welsh Government have now published a response to this consultation, which takes forward some of the proposals from Part A and Part C. With regards to the proposal outlined in Part B (exemptions regime) the recently published Resources and Waste Strategy (“Our waste, our resources: a Strategy for England”) confirmed that the exemptions regime will be reformed later in 2019. We will update this page when more information is available.

The deadline for responses was 26 March 2018. Valpak has produced a summary document of the consultation for our members.

Clean Growth Strategy

Added November 2017

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the “Clean Growth Strategy: leading the way to a low carbon future”. The document outlines how the Government intend to meet the UK carbon budgets set in the Climate Change Act and includes a policy ambition to achieve zero avoidable waste by 2050. Feedback and comments were requested, with a deadline of 31 December 2017. We have produced a Valpak member summary document, which can be found here.

Scotland – Integrated Authorisation Framework Consultations

Added October 2017

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SEPA and Scottish Government released a consultation regarding proposals for an Integrated Authorisation Framework (IAF) for sites covered under certain authorisation regimes: Waste, Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC), Radioactive substances and Water. SEPA and Scottish Government also released two further consultations, requesting feedback to both draft regulations for the IAF and general guidance, and also the specific technical regulations and guidance for radioactive substances, which will be the first regime to be covered by the IAF. There were two deadlines for responses:

  • Scottish Government and SEPA consultation deadline for response was 23 November 2017
  • SEPA consultation deadline for response was 22 December 2017

We have produced a summary document which can be found here and full details of the consultations, including how to respond, can be found by following the links to the consultations.

SEPA consults on compliance charges for various activities

Added 24 August 2017

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SEPA released two consultation documents, one regarding the Compliance Assessment Scheme and one in relation to the Proposed Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2018. The consultations were open for comments until 3 November 2017. Full details of the consultations can be found here and here.

Valpak has produced a member summary document, which can be viewed here

Scotland - Proposals for an Integrated Authorisation Framework Consultation

Added 15 February 2017

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SEPA and Scottish Government have released a joint Consultation on Proposals for an Integrated Authorisation Framework. The consultation seeks stakeholder feedback to proposals which would amend the way in which authorisations are granted for 4 existing permitting and authorisation regimes: waste, Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC), radioactive substances and water (Controlled Activities Regulations). If you hold an authorisation with SEPA, for example a waste exemption or waste management licence, you may wish to respond to this consultation. We have produced a summary document, which can be found here and full details of the consultation, including how to respond, can be found here. The deadline for responses was 12 April 2017.

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