The Waste Review is likely to be published in the coming weeks. Below, PPS Group’s head of waste & resources, Rebecca Eatwell discusses what she expects the review to contain.
One of the main issues for the industry remains planning and I would hope to see the review tackling this. It will be interesting to see whether there is any joined up thinking between the Government’s Localism agenda, which many fear will make the delivery of new waste infrastructure even more difficult. Recent support for energy from waste (EfW) from DEFRA Minister Richard Benyon, who said “Incinerators…are a very important part of how we deal with waste”, suggests we may see a stronger line on more controversial technologies – something which the industry has been calling for.
Given that we know an anaerobic digestion (AD) strategy is due to be published at the same time as the review we can assume that the Government’s promotion of AD will continue to gain pace. I would expect this to lead to an increased focus on food waste collections, with the possibility of funding for weekly collections already being trailed in the press. The challenge for the industry will be delivering new AD facilities, which experience shows have the potential to generate local opposition, despite support from the centre.
Further attention on waste prevention and recycling are also inevitable, particularly looking at how SME’s can up their game in this area.
Whatever the review does include, the Government has pointed out that it is just a review and not a strategy. We will have to wait a little longer for that…
Written by Adam Browning