Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Waste strategy 2007

The Government Response was published to the Third Report of Session 2009-10, Waste Strategy for England 2007, which was published on 19 January as HC 230-I.

The Committee have published this response as its First Special Report of Session 2009-10 (HC 510) on Friday 26 March at 11.00 am.


Report published:

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has agreed a Report entitled Waste Strategy for England 2007. This is the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2009-10 and was published on Tuesday 19 January 2010 at 00:01am as HC 230.

Inquiry reopened

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has re-opened its inquiry into the Waste Strategy for England 2007 to examine the issue of illegal waste exports. The Committee intends to take oral evidence in the autumn from Defra and the Environment Agency following allegations of illegal waste shipments to Brazil and other countries. The Committee wishes to examine in particular whether the legal and regulatory controls on waste exports are adequately robust, whether sanctions and penalties for their infraction are sufficient and whether monitoring and enforcement activities are effectively resourced and managed.

The Committee invited all interested parties to address these and related matters in writing by Monday 5 October 2009.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Sarah Coe, Committee Specialist (Environment), on 020 7219 2290.


Original Terms of Reference

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to examine the Government's Waste Strategy for England, which was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 24 May 2007.

The Committee will consider in particular:

1. How policies proposed by the Waste Strategy will be implemented and the roles of those responsible for the production and disposal of different classes of waste-including industrial, business and household waste. Localisation as opposed to centralisation of waste management.

2. The role for and implementation of regulations, and their enforcement.

3. The classification of waste.

4. The proposals for financial incentives to increase household waste prevention and recycling.

5. The role of composting.

6. The Government's approach to waste minimisation, for example consideration of responsible packaging, including examination of the different materials used and the potential for reusable packaging and return schemes.

7. The potential for the proposals in the Waste Strategy to tackle the UK's contribution to climate change, in particular through the reduction of methane emissions from landfill.

8. The promotion of anaerobic digestion for agricultural and food waste.

9. The adequacy of the existing infrastructure, such as energy from waste facilities with heat recovery; the UK's capacity to process materials collected for recycling; and the potential for Government action to encourage the most efficient novel technologies.

The Committee invited all interested parties to address these matters in writing by 26 October 2007. However,  in order to allow a fuller investigation of flooding issues, the Committee extended the deadline for submissions into the Waste Strategy for England 2007 inquiry to 29 November 2007.


Oral evidence sessions (uncorrected)

Wednesday 4 November 2009
Environment Agency; Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State fro Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Monday 24 November 2008
Campaign to Protect Rural England and Encams; British Soft Drinks Association and British Retail Consortium; Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Minister for Farming and the Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Wednesday 19 November 2008 
ASDA, John Lewis Partnership and Brecknell Willis; Bovis Lend Lease and Constructing Excellence

Wednesday 12 November 2008 
Environmental Services Association; Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority; British Metals Recycling Association

Wednesday 15 October 2008
Environment Agency; Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM); Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)


Press notices

24/03/10 Publication of Govt Response
19/01/10 Publication of Report
12/01/10 Report to be published
22/07/09 Inquiry reopened
06/11/08 Further evidence sessions announced
14/10/08 Evidence session rearranged
21/07/08 Evidence sessions announced
17/10/07 Update on future programme
19/07/07 New inquiry