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.