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Waste management in England

Inquiry status: Report published, Government response published

Background

About 177 million tonnes of waste is generated every year in England. This costs businesses and households money and can also cause environmental damage.

From April 2014, Defra will be “stepping back” in areas of waste management where businesses are better placed to act and there is no clear market failure. The department will not take forward new policy work, including developing energy from waste.

This inquiry examines existing approaches to the recycling and treatment of municipal waste in England, and the impact of the reduction of Defra’s activities in municipal waste management.

Terms of reference: Waste management in England

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