Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Session 2002-03
28 November 2002 THE FUTURE OF WASTE MANAGEMENT:
MOVING UP THE WASTE HIERARCHY


Session 2002-03
28 November 2002 THE FUTURE OF WASTE MANAGEMENT:
MOVING UP THE WASTE HIERARCHY

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced a new inquiry into the Future of Waste Management.  The Committee has decided that the terms of reference of the inquiry should be:

“Taking account of the on-going inquiry by the Environmental Audit Committee into current and past practice, as well as the report from the Government’s Strategy Unit, the Committee will examine what steps should in future be taken in order to move waste management up the ‘waste hierarchy’ (as set out in the Waste Framework Directive*).  In particular the Committee will look at best practice in recycling, energy recovery during incineration, producer responsibility, and waste minimisation.”

* Council Directive 75/442/EEC on waste, Framework Directive on Waste, para.2.9.3.1: in descending order of desirability - waste prevention/minimisation of waste generation; re-use of waste; recycling of waste; recovery of waste; use of waste as source of energy; incineration without energy recovery; landfilling.

Whereas the Environmental Audit inquiry is taken to look backwards, at how past actions have led to the current position, this inquiry is intended to look forwards to what ought to be done in future.  Thus the Committee is particularly interested in investigating innovative solutions to waste management problems.

The Committee invites, by Monday 6 January 2003, written evidence which addresses these terms of reference. Evidence must be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in Word or WordPerfect. If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to Dr Kate Trumper. The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 5,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary.

Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and announced in due course. They will be in the New Year.


Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee’s homepage.  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.