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REA engaging with Government

A few weeks ago Jeremy Jacobs (Head of Organics) and Kiara Zennaro (Head of Biogas) wrote a letter to Rory Stewart, Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Affairs, to congratulate him on his new role and to enclose copies of our key asks for the composting and AD sectors

The Minister’s response to us is encouraging. The Minister is keen that we work together to support growth of an AD industry which maximise the waste, agriculture and energy benefits. Please find it here

As highlighted in the letter, the Minister met with a number of stakeholders including Emily Nichols from the REA on 16th July.

Summary of the meeting:
On 16th July the REA, other trade associations, WRAP, the BRC and other industry stakeholders met with Defra officials and Rory Stewart, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).  Discussion topics included the European Commission's intentions and consultation on Circular Economy and potential ways to improve recycling rates in the UK.  The European Parliament wants the Commission's review of waste legislation (due by end of 2015) to propose a legally binding target to increase recycling/preparation for reuse targets to at least 70 % of municipal solid waste.  The Resource Association suggested that UK government consider calling for performance to be measured, instead, on the basis of residual waste per capita.  We took the opportunity to call for mandatory source separated collection of biodegradable wastes and a ban on their disposal in landfill.  Other organisations called for streamlining and at least partial standardisation of waste collection across the UK.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Emily

How you can get involved:
We welcome all feedback and comments from members. Please contact Jeremy or Kiara in the first instance. 

REA have also put together a tool which lets you write to your MP. It has some sector specific template letters which you can personalise and adapt to meet your needs and it automatically locates your local MP, making it very easy to get in touch and make your views known. Letters from constituents, as well as site visits and meetings, can have a real impact and help turn local MPs into powerful advocates.

Published: 30/07/15

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