Resources & Waste Strategy

Defra published the awaited Resources and Waste Strategy in 2019, 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 Scheme (DRS), new Extended Producer Responsibility systems and food waste...
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Strategy objectives

The main aims are to increase resource efficiency, minimise waste and the environmental impact of waste.

This strategy forms part of the following suite of interconnected Government strategies:

EU exit implications

The strategy reiterates that as we leave the EU that in the UK "... environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced." For example, the strategy proposes a 75% overall packaging recycling target in 2030, compared to a 70% EU target. This is of course subject to consultation.

Expected consultations

Our member summary document outlines most planned consultations mentioned in the strategy document. Changes will be subject to these.

We will notify our customers of forthcoming consultations, providing opportunities for input. These will be published on the Consultations and Responses pages of our website.

Keep up to date

If you wish to keep up to date on proposed changes and learn how they could impact your business, we plan to host several events, which will provide an opportunity for you to get your opinions across to us and Government.

Sign up to our monthly events mailing or keep an eye on our events page.


Soon after the launch of the Resources and Waste Strategy, MRW hosted a round table for industry to get together to discuss Defra’s publication...
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