Policy paper

2010 to 2015 government policy: waste and recycling

How the government is working towards a zero waste economy by supporting the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste, and controlling hazardous waste.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This policy paper shows the policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Find out about the current government’s policies.

Published 9 April 2013
Last updated 8 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Policy document from the 2010 to 2015 government preserved in a different format for reference
  2. Updated the Making businesses responsible for what they produce section to include links to current consultation on changing the producer responsibility regulations.
  3. Added link to the Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.
  4. Added action to waste crime section linking to consultation on enhancing enforcement powers for regulators and seeking evidence on other measures to tackle waste crime and persistent poor performance.
  5. Updated to include link to Waste crime: new regulations for dealing with seized property in suspected waste offences consultation published today.
  6. Updated 'Regulating landfill sites and landfill waste' with recent research reports
  7. Updated: Dealing with waste crime
  8. Updated to include information on Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund.
  9. Updated to confirm that the 5p charge for single use plastic carrier bags will come into effect in October 2015.
  10. Updated waste crime section to reflect extra funding made available in 2014 budget.
  11. Minor change to page to reflect publication of regulations on material recovery facilities.
  12. Updated the text on the Waste Prevention Programme for England to reflect that it has been published.
  13. Information added on current European Commission review of its waste legislation.
  14. Added a section on single use carrier bags.
  15. Updated the 'Getting the right infrastructure in place to deal with waste' content.
  16. Updated the 'Waste infrastructure delivery programme' content.
  17. Updated references to a consultation which is now closed.
  18. Added link to consultation for waste prevention programme for England.
  19. Amended hazardous waste designation date.
  20. Minor amendments to hazardous waste supporting page to reflect designation of NPS.
  21. Amended policy on landfill to reflect commitment to review textiles and food waste.
  22. Fixed links to publications.
  23. Amended policy page on Hazardous waste to include publication of national policy statement.
  24. First published.