The paper sets out the UK government’s response to a consultation run by the European Commission to inform a review of EU waste policy and legislation (‘the Review’). The response was sent to the European Commission in September 2013.
It summarises the UK government’s view on the topics covered by the consultation but does not set out any new policies.
The consultation asked for opinions from those interested on all areas of the current EU laws around waste. This response covers the UK government’s position on many areas from preventing food waste through to recycling plastics and beyond.
As a part of the Review, the Commission will use the consultation responses to help them decide where to change the current laws and where and when to introduce new ones.
Any new EU laws based on the Review are likely to be proposed by the European Commission in spring 2014, and will still go through the full process of negotiation and scrutiny from Member State governments and the European Parliament.