Government responds to resources and waste consultations

The UK Government has published its responses to a series of big consultations on the future of waste and resource management in the UK.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that by 2023, it will introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, a ‘full net cost recovery’ extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for packaging, and a consistent set of core recyclable materials (including food waste) to be collected from households and businesses in England.

Defra states its aim is for the UK ‘to lead internationally in maximising resource efficiency, minimising waste, and moving towards a more circular economy.’

While the announcements have been welcomed, it is at this stage unclear how progress will be affected by the change in government, with Boris Johnson taking over from Theresa May as Prime Minister and bringing with him a possible change in Cabinet and focus.