Policy paper

Waste prevention programme for England

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

The programme sets out the roles and actions for government and others to reduce the amount of waste produced in England.

Documents

Waste prevention programme for England: evaluation of annex IV measures

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Waste prevention programme: summary of existing measures

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Waste prevention model: materials flows map and business models and design sub-model

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Overview of evidence: A rationale for waste prevention in England

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Waste prevention programme for England: priority areas

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Household waste prevention in action – examples from across England

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Detail

We have published a waste prevention programme for England which sets out the government’s view of the key roles and actions which should be taken to move towards a more resource efficient economy. As well as describing the actions the government is taking to support this move, it also highlights actions businesses, the wider public sector, the civil society and consumers can take to benefit from preventing waste.

Waste affects us all and everyone has a role to play in reducing how much waste is created. Using resources more efficiently, designing and manufacturing products for optimum life and repairing and reusing more items could save us all money and provide opportunities for economic growth at the same time as improving the environment.

The waste prevention programme is a requirement of the revised Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC). As part of this work, we have also published a summary of existing activities and an evaluation of the measures set out in the Directive. An overview of evidence which demonstrates the rationale for action has also been prepared.

A summary of responses and government response to both the Call for Evidence and consultation carried out earlier this year are also available.

December 2014: Read the one year on progress newsletter for government-led actions.