Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2006-07

19 July 2007

19 July 2007

New inquiry announced: Waste Strategy for England 2007

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 invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing by 26 October 2007. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to efracom@parliament.uk.à€ The body of 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 must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and no more than 3,000 words.à€ Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (no more than one page long). Please do not resubmit your response to the Government's consultation paper of May 2007-if you wish to enclose your response to the Government's consultation paper, please do so only as an appendix to your submission to this inquiry.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Chris Stanton, Committee Clerk, on 020 7219 3263.


Information about the Committee can be found at: www.parliament.uk/efracom

Information about the Waste Strategy for England 2007 can be found at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/strategy/