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National Transport Committee, 18th November 2016

A meeting of the National Transport Committee took place on Friday 18th November at the LB Islington Meeting and Training Rooms, 29-33 Old Street, London EC1V 9HL. The agenda and papers are attached below (some papers including minutes are only available to registered members- for details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Waste Topic Group

 


TAG Members Briefing Bulletin - Waste Bulletin, September 2016


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  TAG – Waste Agenda, September 2016
Local authorities’ waste services continue to hold their breath following the Brexit vote.  At this stage, there continues to be a lack of detail regarding what the implications of what this will mean for the sector and, as a result, there are genuine fears that it will detrimentally impact upon long-term investment in the sector which could limit the long-term international competitiveness of the UK by not facilitating the development of appropriate infrastructure, or create a policy landscape fit-for-purpose for competition with other EU Member States.
The English recycling rate has plateaued and, while it continues to rise in the devolved administrations, the absence in policy from DEFRA is being felt nationally.  In common with most front-line services, local authorities waste and environmental services are also increasingly under pressure to reduce expenditure and, despite repeated calls for articulation of a direction of travel for the waste and resources management sector in general, the sole commitment made in its programme of work for the year ahead was to focus upon waste crime.  While a crucial issues, this inadequately considers other topical issues such as
·         the Circular Economy (CE)
·         the revenue and capital investment needed to deliver national targets
·         the increased currency volatility arising from selling materials (and residual waste) into international markets with a weaker sterling
·         the generation and validity of accurate waste data across all sectors
·         the role of extended producer responsibility to assist in addressing the emerging funding shortfall being experienced within the public sector
·         the role of food waste (WRAP have launched a new initiative in this area earlier this summer)
In terms of framing DEFRA priorities, it was due to publish a 25 year strategy, which was deferred earlier this year but work on progressing this agenda appears to be about the restart under the new Minster for State, Ms Andrea Leadsom. 
In July, Dr Therese Coffey was appointed as the Waste and Resources Minister – taking over from Rory Stewart.  She rapidly set about commissioning a report to explore “how the UK can move from creating waste to valuing resources” which is due to be published in the autumn.  This report may go some way to addressing how the CE agenda should be framed for England and how economic “pull” measures may be developed to encourage greater incorporation of recycled materials into manufacturing as opposed to the present, ever-increasing “push” targetsto increase recycling.
All-in-all, waste and resources management is in a period of uncertainty with a lack of a national policy landscape and new politicians who, so far, have not made any firm commitments to offer clarity or sense of purpose.  This is at a time when local authorities continue to be squeezed, and the devolved administrations plough an increasingly tangential furrow to England; and while not yet clear what the UK position on EU environmental law repeal/implementation will be under Brexit, the current situation is likely to perpetuate the stasis between the UK and the other Member States regarding business practices and opportunities arising from progressive implementation of the CE for some time to come.
 
Tim Walker

 

 

Flood and Coastal Risk Management Committee 15th September 2016, LGA Offices, Local Government House, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HZ

The TAG Flood and Coastal Risk Management Committee was held on Thursday 15th September 2016 from 13:00 - 16:00 at Local Government House, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HZ. The agenda and meeting papers can be found below.
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