St Peters Gardens, UK — Resource minister Dan Rogerson MP reinforced the government’s commitment to tackling waste crime in his keynote address at the CIWM and ESA annual conference in London. Emphasising the impact on both communities and the legitimate waste industry, the Minister said that Defra and the Environment Agency are committed to developing a policy and regulatory framework to ensure that waste crime is curbed, citing new sentencing guidelines and an extra £5m of government funding made available this year for enforcement.
Endorsing the move towards a more circular economy, Dan Rogerson said it is essential to start to value materials in a different way and that this approach ties in with the wider sustainable consumption and production agenda. Defra has a role to play in facilitating the transition towards better resource efficiency, he added, and will continue to champion and support the waste and resource management industry.
The Minister was speaking at the start of the two day conference which covers a number of issues that are currently engaging the industry, from planning and future policy beyond 2015, to the challenge of delivering higher quality recycling, and delivering the right services and infrastructure for the future.
ESA Director General, Barry Dennis commented: „We are particularly encouraged to hear that waste crime continues to be a government priority and welcome the Minister’s commitment to further action in this area. ESA has already supported the recent ESAET waste crime report that has highlighted the true impact and cost to the UK economy, and we look forward to working with Defra and the Environment Agency on moving this agenda forward.“
Source: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)