Waste legislation and policy is a devolved matter in the UK. Today, DEFRA published its Waste Strategy for England, replacing the 2011 waste review and 2013 waste prevention programme. The document “Our Waste, Our Resources: A Strategy for England” is here.
This 2018 strategy has the stated aim to contribute to the delivery of five strategic ambitions:
1 To work towards all plastic packaging placed on the market being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025;
2 To work towards eliminating food waste to landfill by 2030;
3 To eliminate avoidable plastic waste over the lifetime of the 25 Year Environment Plan;
4 To double resource productivity by 2050; and
5 To eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds by 2050.
The document states –
As most of our existing waste legislation is EU-derived, this will be retained in UK law through the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018. And proposals which follow from this Strategy will take account of the future relationship we negotiate with the EU on environmental matters. Where existing legislation is insufficient to deliver our ambition we will take new powers to do so, including through our Environment Bill. And we will work with the devolved administrations to co- ordinate policy on resources and waste, to ensure that approaches are aligned and impacts on the UK Internal Market are minimised.