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23 June 2017

R&W UK writes to Defra ministers to highlight pressing sector priorities

Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK), the joint CIWM/ESA policy and influencing body, has written to the new Defra Secretary of State the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, re-appointed resources minister Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, and shadow Secretary of State for Environment Sue Hayman MP. The letters, sent earlier this week, reinforce the environmental and economic contribution of the sector and highlight three priority areas where R&WUK believes further support from the government is needed.

“Firstly, we want UK governments to explore and consider the broader application of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes across the UK to create a more robust system for sharing the cost of responsible resource management,” says director general Steve Lee. “We believe EPR has a vital role to play in embedding the ‘polluter pays’ principle, driving improved product and service design, and delivering infrastructure and services to support resource productivity and security.

“Secondly, this sector has an important part to play in supporting UK industrial growth and resource efficiency and productivity through the supply of secondary raw material feedstocks and energy. As well as explicitly recognising this in the forthcoming Industrial Strategy, we are also calling on the Government to provide a stable and effective policy and incentives framework for the future. This is essential to catalysing the investment in new and different technologies and infrastructure that the UK will need to gain the maximum value from secondary resources.

“Finally, we acknowledge the support to date from all four UK governments on tackling waste crime and urge that this continues to be seen as a priority.  ESA’s latest research estimates the cost of waste crime to the UK economy at £600 million/year and growing and we hope to see higher standards and more rigorous checks for businesses and individuals coming into the sector included in the forthcoming Waste Crime and Persistent Poor Performance consultation.”

The full text of the letters can be found at the following addresses.

http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk/docs/RWUK-Letter-to-Sue-Hayman-MP.pdf

http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk/docs/RWUK-letter-to-Dr-Therese-Coffey-MP.pdf

http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk/docs/RWUK-letter-to-Rt-Hon-Michael-Gove-MP.pdf

Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between CIWM and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

3. Steve Lee’s appointment as Director General is a fixed term one year appointment.

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



9th March 2017

Little in the Spring Budget for the waste and resource sector, says R&WUK, but there may be hope ahead

Commenting on the Spring 2017 Budget, Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK) director general Steve Lee said:

“We expected announcements on the extension of Landfill Tax to illegal deposits and the packaging targets, and these have already been welcomed by both ESA and CIWM. However, the Chancellor has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor in making no reference to the much broader policy challenges around climate change, the low carbon economy, and energy and resource efficiency and security. Our sector has a lot to contribute to this agenda – both in economic growth and environmental protection terms – and it is disappointing to have to point to this omission yet again.

“That said, the Government may have a credible excuse this time. We are going through an unprecedented period both as a result of Brexit and because four major (and hopefully interlinked) policy frameworks are currently under development on national infrastructure, industrial strategy, the environment and emissions reduction. And if we want evidence-based policy making then the evidence has to be gathered and assessed. Once these strategies and plans are live, however, R&WUK will be calling strongly on the Treasury to show that it is firmly behind the plans and objectives set out.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



23rd January 2017

R&WUK welcomes the challenge in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper

Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK) has welcomed the release today of a Government Green Paper from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and has called for resource efficiency and security to be at the heart of the next industrial era.

Steve Lee, Director General of R&WUK, said:
“This much anticipated discussion paper will help to develop a new Industrial Strategy through which government wants to make Britain a 'hive of new industries' and challenge the companies and industries of today."

“Importantly, one of its 10 ‘pillars’ is to keep costs down for businesses and to secure the economic benefits of the transition to a low carbon and resource efficient economy. Given the long term vision of the Strategy through to 2050, it must anticipate how UK businesses will be able to compete successfully in a resource-constrained future. Global demand for resources will continue to grow for everything from paper and metals to energy and rare materials, and resource productivity and security will become an increasingly critical bottom line issue for UK businesses. As we move into the next industrial era – ‘Industry 4.0’ – we need to ensure that UK plc has an efficient and resilient approach to resource use.

“This Green Paper comes at a critical time. It allows us to think about the Industrial Strategy in parallel with the EU Circular Economy package, Defra’s forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and the National Infrastructure Assessment. Together they represent a unique opportunity to rethink waste as an essential business feedstock to support our move to Industry 4.0.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



4th January 2017

R&WUK welcomes EAC report on ‘The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum’

Commenting on the report published today by the Environmental Audit Committee, R&WUK, the partnership between CIWM and ESA, says the recommendations highlight serious issues that have implications right across the environmental agenda.

“While this report focuses primarily on the impacts of Brexit on wildlife, land and farming, the committee’s recommendations reflect the concerns of many in the waste and resource management field,” says Steve Lee, Director General of R&WUK. “UK waste policy has been shaped and underpinned by EU legislation for over two decades, during which we have made significant improvements in the safe and sustainable management of waste and secondary resources. The considerable uncertainty about the impact of Brexit in this policy area is, therefore, of significant concern.

“The report rightly flags up the potential pitfalls ahead, including the difficulty of transposing some of the key environmental legislation into UK law, the risks of zombie legislation, and the level of resource that will be available within Defra to manage the transition. There are also question marks about the process and level of parliamentary scrutiny should UK governments then seek to change some of this legislation, and how performance and standards will be monitored and enforced in future in the absence of the current EU infraction system and resort to the ECJ.

In the longer term, the committee has also captured the concern that environmental standards may be compromised in the pursuit of new trade deals, with potential long term impacts not just on the quality of our environment but also on jobs, competitiveness and the UK’s future economic prospects.

In light of these important issues, R&WUK welcomes the committee’s suggestion that a thorough assessment of the body of environmental legislation to be transposed is undertaken, that the frameworks for the 25-yr Environment and Food & Farming plans are published in time to inform the Article 50 negotiations, and that consideration is given to the development of an overarching UK-wide legislative framework to ensure that similar or better environmental standards are maintained. While this would clearly take some time, it would also address the somewhat piecemeal nature of the current body of legislation, drawing together and rationalising the environmental protection regimes for biodiversity, land, air, water and waste, and reducing the risk of antagonistic policies. It would also help to avoid the otherwise inevitable divergence in environmental policy across UK countries that will occur if a shared vision and set of high-level objectives are not articulated.

“It is all very well for the government to say that it wants to be “the first Government to leave the environment in a better state than it found it” – now we have to see action to make this happen and clear evidence that this will be one of the underpinning principles in the forthcoming Brexit and trade negotiations.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



16th December 2016

R&WUK says UK recycling rate fall highlights the need for greater support and new approaches

Commenting on yesterday’s UK waste and recycling statistics, R&WUK, the partnership between CIWM and ESA, says the figures are hardly encouraging but broadly what the industry had been expecting, including the fall in municipal waste recycling performance.

Steve Lee, Director General of R&WUK, said:
“The drop in overall recycling rate for the UK is not a surprise. Ongoing austerity for local councils, who have had to pull back on some waste and recycling services, continued weak markets for recyclates and, most recently, tougher standards for counting and reporting recycling have all made their mark. These pressures are likely to continue and without any additional government intervention, the 2020 target of recycling half of our household waste will be missed and we could slip back even further.

“Today’s statistics do show some reasons to be positive. Welsh recycling continues to climb and is one of the best in Europe. Scotland now performs better in household recycling than England and waste to landfill across the UK continues to drop. There is also more detailed analysis needed. The total tonnage of garden waste collected has fallen while overall recycled and composted tonnage has stayed the same.

Looking forwards, Mr Lee added:
“Tougher reporting standards – cutting out all rejects from what we eventually report as ‘recycled’ – is not a bad thing. Actually it’s a much clearer way of measuring success, but it does make comparison with countries with less rigorous rules increasingly misleading. We need common standards across the EU, and we all need to stick to them.

“We now anticipate an important period of strategy development in the UK, including the National Infrastructure Assessment and the UK Industrial Strategy. This sector has a huge role to play in supply of feedstock materials for industries in this country, but we will need support and new approaches to be able to deliver on that promise. Most importantly we need to see a shift towards greater responsibility on manufacturers and suppliers for wastes arising from their products and services – so-called Extended Producer Responsibility – and a more rigorous application of the ‘polluter pays’ principle. That could include moving waste services to a more ‘utility’ type footing, including direct charging in some form.

“We have an important opportunity to shape Government thinking and future waste and resource management performance in this country. If we fail to seize this opportunity or if Government fails to support it, we will see more disappointing statistics in the future.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



23rd November 2016

Resources & Waste UK: more focus on the interplay between economic growth and the environment needed

In an initial response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, R&WUK director general Steve Lee said:

“In light of Brexit uncertainty, one of the Chancellor’s key tasks today was to outline measures to ensure that UK industry is competitive, efficient and resilient in the future, and R&WUK is pleased to see the commitment to infrastructure and to the important work of the National Infrastructure Commission, which has waste as one of its six priority areas. The £23 billion for a new National Productivity Investment Fund also augurs well – although the initial spending breakdown does not provide enough detail to know how much attention will be paid to resource productivity.

“In the context of promoting growth, however, there was no mention of the forthcoming industrial strategy, and no reference to the important interplay between the economy and the environment.  Sustainable growth must be viewed through a lens that takes account of future resource constraints and climate change impacts. Given that there is growing recognition of this imperative across the globe, it is disappointing not to see this reflected, at least at a high level, in today’s announcement.

“Our industry will hope to see a stronger focus on these issues in Defra’s 25 year Environment Plan and BEIS’ industrial strategy and this will be an area where R&WUK is concentrating its efforts.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

3. Steve Lee’s appointment as Director General is a fixed term one year appointment.

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



5th October 2016

Greater certainty on environmental policy imperative for new UK industry and trade strategy says R&WUK

Commenting on speeches by Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom at the recent Conservative Party Conference, Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK) chief executive Steve Lee said:

“The Prime Minister has clarified her Government’s plan to trigger the Article 50 EU exit process for the UK next year. She has also made clear that the existing body of EU environmental policy at the moment of departure will be automatically transferred into UK law wherever that is needed.

“What we do not know, however, is the likely status by that date of the EU Circular Economy package – which contains many proposals fully supported by R&WUK – or the UK’s ongoing input into its development in the meanwhile.  Equally, the Great Repeal Bill could end up conferring very direct powers on ministers to repeal, amend or weaken these laws once we are officially out of the EU, and the extent to which this would be with or without Parliamentary or industry consultation is as yet not clear.

“Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom added little to the above in her later speech other than to confirm that the Defra 25-year plan will be ‘ambitious’. R&WUK will be looking for early engagement with several Whitehall departments seeking further clarity and input to their thinking. 

“Ultimately, the statement by Theresa May is welcome as far as it goes but, as ever, there is much more to be done to support ongoing investment and performance improvement across this sector. We have a significant role to play in supporting resource productivity and competitiveness as part of the Prime Minister’s new UK industry strategy and to do so we need to ensure that post-Brexit UK continues to have a strong environmental policy and legislation framework. We will also need to remain broadly in line with the rest of Europe to facilitate the trade deals that will have to be struck if the UK is not a member of the Single Market.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

3. Steve Lee’s appointment as Director General is a fixed term one year appointment.

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



15th August 2016

Steve Lee confirmed as Director General of Resources & Waste UK

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) have today announced that Steve Lee, who will be stepping down as Chief Executive of CIWM at the end of October 2016, will continue in his role leading Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK), the joint policy and influencing body created in 2014.

Both organisations recognise that the political, economic and technical environment in which this industry operates, together with new pressures and responsibilities arising from the decision for the UK to leave the EU, make the need for a co-ordinated voice for the industry more important than ever. As Director General of R&WUK, Steve will be working closely with senior managers, Board Members and Trustees of both organisations, including the new CIWM CEO Dr Colin Church, to champion the needs and priorities of the sector and ensure its continued success.

Professor Jim Baird, President of CIWM and R&WUK Board member, said:
“Our industry faces challenges and opportunities – and responsibilities – that are greater than ever. Continued collaborative working between our two organisations is essential and we are delighted to confirm that Steve will continue to lead and support us in that work.”

Peter Gerstrom, Chairman of ESA and R&WUK Board Member, said:
“I am pleased that Steve has agreed to continue in his role at the head of R&WUK. It is essential that we develop the work that has already been achieved by ESA and CIWM through this body, and sustain the momentum gathered in championing the resource and waste management industry to government. With Steve remaining in the role, we can continue that work without interruption.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is a partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it was created in 2014 to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management. A jointly-owned company, R&WUK has a Board of six directors, three from each organisation.

2. Since its creation, R&WUK has commissioned and published reports including policy priorities for the incoming government in May 2015 and recommendations for secondary materials markets stabilisation. Its priorities for the immediate future include the identification of priorities for close working with UK governments, particularly on the development of circular economy policy at an EU and UK level and the necessary policy and legislative changes to accommodate the decision for the UK to leave the EU. More information on R&WUK can be found here http://www.resourcesandwasteuk.co.uk

3. Steve Lee’s appointment as Director General is a fixed term one year appointment.

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



24th June 2016

R&WUK response to the EU Referendum result

Responding to the outcome of the UK EU referendum today, Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK) has said the sector must now look to engage with government and key stakeholders to ensure a robust future UK policy framework for resources and waste.

“EU legislation has been a key driver behind the UK’s rapid progress on sustainable resource and waste management over the last two decades and the referendum outcome leaves our sector particularly exposed to the financial and policy uncertainty ahead,” says R&WUK chief executive Steve Lee.

“What isn’t uncertain, however, is the direction of travel; the imperative to move towards greater resource efficiency and security and to develop more circular economic models of resource consumption remains critical to the long term future of the UK. Our sector needs to keep its eyes on the prize and realise its potential as an industry that not only underpins sustainable economic growth, jobs and business competitiveness but also protects our environment and contributes to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

“This will be R&W UK’s job in the months to come; to work with all the necessary stakeholders and government to ensure that the policy and investment needs of our industry are recognised and that we have the right framework to deliver the maximum environmental and economic benefit for the UK in the future. We will initially be calling for an early meeting with government to discuss their plans and explore how the industry can contribute to the task ahead.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) is the partnership between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA). Bringing together the professional institution and trade association at the heart of the sustainable resources and waste management industry in the UK, it has been created to form a single voice in the interests of championing the future of resource management.

Press contacts:

Pat Jennings
Head of Policy & Communications
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260
Email: pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Toni Waters
ESA Communications and Membership Officer
Direct Dial: 0207 591 3206
Press Line: 0207 591 3219
Out of Hours Only: 07841 572 834
Email: t-waters@esauk.org



March 23rd 2016

Budget 2016

Resources and Waste UK highlighted the importance of tackling waste crime in its “manifesto” for the incoming Government last May. Two measures in the Chancellors 2016 Budget are therefore especially welcome: a long term commitment to supporting waste crime prevention, detection and enforcement through £20 million per year and additional funding to support HMRC’s fight against tax evasion and non-compliance across the whole waste supply-chain.

Steve Lee, CEO of R&W UK said “waste crime is a serious threat to all compliant businesses.  Nobody can compete fairly with criminals and we want well resourced and robust regulations protecting us, people, and the environment”.

The budget also lays out a medium term plan for landfill tax levels for active and inactive wastes, it clarifies uncertainties around the Landfill Tax Communities Fund and promises further consultation on what deposits would or would not trigger the tax.

“All of these are welcome” said Steve Lee “investment in the future of sustainable resources and waste management needs stability”.  Less welcome was the change in recycling levels for plastics.  Steve said “Although these are subject to negotiation under the EU Circular Economy Package – we still don’t know at this stage what our short, medium or long term relationship with the EU will be, but R&W UK accepts that is a matter for the June referendum, not the budget”.

October 6th 2015

Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK) welcomes Lord Adonis as head of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK) welcomes today’s announcement that Lord Adonis is to chair the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

Steve Lee, R&WUK Chief Executive said: “R&WUK featured infrastructure and services planning in its May 2015 “Sustainable Resources and Waste Management: priorities for the new UK Government” report. We said that - if we are going to deliver a more circular resources economy - Government should “strengthen strategic planning for waste and all secondary materials (including the energy embedded in residual waste in all of its forms including heat) at a national level”.

“We are pleased to see Lord Adonis take up this new role and that NIC priorities may include making the UK the most resource efficient economy in the world – as reported earlier this year. Early NIC priorities include improvements to the energy network of the country but we need early clarification of where, when and how this sector’s needs will be considered at this (national) level”.



October 2nd 2015

Steve Lee on R&WUK's resource volatility report

Steve Lee, chief executive of Resource and Waste UK (R&WUK), discusses the findings of its recent report, which looks at how sharing risk can help lessen the impact of resource market volatility.



September 28th 2015

Resources & waste UK (R&WUK) Welcomes Sir James Bevan as the New Environment Agency Chief Executive Officer

Sir James Bevan (currently UK High Commissioner to India) was announced today as the newly-appointed Chief executive Offices of the Environment Agency. He is expected to take up his new role by the end of this November.

In welcoming Sir James to his new role Steve Lee, R&WUK Chief Executive said: “Sir James takes the helm at the Agency at a particularly important time for this industry and we will be keen to meet with him early in his new role. This is a period of great change – not only at the EA, but with a newly-formed Government, potentially game-changing policy from the EU, and turbulent markets for all. At the same time we have to tackle the scourge of waste crime and persistent poor performance – not just within this industry, but by many of our customer sectors as well. We have an important job in front of us in raising awareness of improved resources management and basic compliance with waste law. We look forwards to working with such a senior and experienced figure as Sir James to take that job on”



September 25th 2015

Resources and waste UK (R&WUK) applauds the multi-agency response yesterday to suspected serious Landfill tax fraud - including 14 arrests.

R&WUK CEO, Steve Lee said:

"R&WUK identified waste crime as a top concern in its "Priorities for a New Government" report in May this year. We told them it is a "growing blight" which must be addressed "as a matter of urgency". This industry cannot compete with cheats and criminals. Only by stamping out illegal waste management can we deliver the services, infrastructure and added value to our customers in a more circular materials economy.

Today's HMRC, EA and local Police action seems to fit that bill, although details of the suspected fraud are not yet available.

Government has heard our call to step up the fight against waste crime. The Environment Agency has new (but time-limited) resources and Defra issued an important waste crime consultation pre-election. We now wait to see the outcome of that consultation but hope it will include R&WUK recommendations for sustained resources for the regulators, additional enforcement powers to go with them, and full cost-recovery through prosecutions.

We also want to see the Agency toughen its stance on illegal waste operations AND on the businesses who supply their waste to them. The waste Duty of Care is quite clear: all businesses must ensure they transfer their waste to a responsible contractor, and they must satisfy themselves that their waste has been legally managed after it leaves their control. We need to see action against those that feed waste crime as much as those that make millions from it.



September 17th 2015

R&WUK report identifies risk sharing as a short term priority to manage impact of secondary raw material market volatility

There are no easy options when it comes to managing the growing impact of secondary raw material (SRM) price volatility, according to a report prepared by Eunomia Research & Consulting for Resources & Waste UK (R&WUK) and funded by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust1.

Entitled Managing the Risk from Secondary Raw Material Price Movements, the report was commissioned to explore what price risk management mechanisms – both contract and market-based – could be used to reduce the impact on the whole supply chain of the recent increased volatility and downturn in SRM prices since 2011.

“SRM price volatility has always been an issue but it has become more pronounced and bites harder in times of sustained downward trends in prices. At the same time, our industry’s exposure to this market volatility has increased as recycling rates have risen and the revenue from SRMs has become more important in offsetting overall collections cost,” says R&WUK chief executive Steve Lee.

“Not only is this putting a significant strain on our industry at present but, unresolved, it undermines our ability to deliver further improvements in recycling performance and will be a serious drag on progress towards more circular economic goals. Ultimately, fundamental change is needed at a European level to improve the value chain for recycling, but there are mitigating measures that the UK industry can explore in the meantime.”

The report puts forward a number of recommendations. In the short term, it proposes cross-sector collaboration to develop a more balanced and transparent risk sharing framework between partners in the supply chain. In the longer term, it recommends exploring more fundamental change, including amending the Producer Responsibility regime to improve the value proposition for recycling, and the setting up of an independent fund to act as a buffer when market conditions are tough.

The full press release can be found here, the R&WUK position statement here, and the full report here.

1R&WUK would like to thank the ESA Education Trust (ESAET) for funding this work and acknowledges that ESAET take no responsibility for the content or conclusions and recommendations arising from it.



May 8th 2015

R&W UK prepares for early engagement with new Conservative Government

Resources and Waste UK (R&WUK), the new cross-industry voice in sustainable resources and waste management, looks forward to working with the new Government for the UK.

“This Government will take us through 5 crucial years in developing a more resource efficient and sustainable economy,” says R&WUK Chief Executive Steve Lee. “We need the policy framework to be co-ordinated, with departments working effectively together in this complex policy area. We also need the Government to take a lead role in Europe to influence the EU's Circular Economy thinking and action. Regardless of any review of the UK position in Europe, this package will set the path for better resource management for years to come.

“This industry is in a powerful position to offer growth in jobs and the economy as well as long term resource security for businesses of all kinds. It can do that at the same time as protecting people and the environment. That promise needs supportive Government, and R&WUK will be shortly be setting out what it needs from the new Government in detail. That needs to be matched by what the industry itself can and will do to support Government and we will not shy away from that responsibility in our call for action.”



13 November 2014

CIWM and ESA announce closer partnership working and a new 'voice' for the waste and resource management industry

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) today announced a raft of initiatives that will see the two organisations working more closely in partnership. Alongside moves to align and strengthen the policy and technical activities of the two bodies, the headline message at the event today is the creation of a powerful new 'voice' for the waste and resource management industry.

Resources & Waste UK is an independent entity created by ESA and CIWM that will provide a vehicle for the two bodies to deliver strong, consistent messages about the industry's capabilities and needs to government, regulators, the media and other key stakeholders in the UK.
David Beadle, CIWM's immediate Past President who has been heavily involved in drawing up the agreement, outlined how the closer partnership will work.

“We have agreed that our respective technical groups will work together so we can create a greater ‘gene pool’ of ideas and evidence... Drawing on this more robust body of evidence, we want and need to show that we have a strong industry opinion and voice.”

By communicating joint strategic messages that are common to the two organisations, he said that the new organisation will work to “secure the future success and growth of our industry and its contribution to the development of a more circular economy.”

Talking on behalf of the ESA, its chairman David Palmer-Jones said this move shows an industry maturing and rallying behind a common goal of creating "a more resource efficient and secure UK."

“Our industry has long called out for a champion to stand up for our industry to cut across the political and legislative complexity that we grapple with,” he said, “...we have decided to creator own champion, our own voice that can speak with the combined weight, knowledge and professionalism of the ESA and CIWM membership.“The voice of Resources & Waste UK will be powerful and will be heard. We have the responsibility to develop our industry to its full potential, delivering considerable economic benefits in the form of significant investment, infrastructure, and new sector jobs.”

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