A waste and resources evidence programme to help deliver the Government’s ambitious waste policies has been outlined by Defra. TheWaste and Resources Evidence Strategy 2007-2011 summarises the key areas where research will be commissioned and evidence sought over the next few years.
The programme will inform delivery of the Government’s Waste Strategy for England 2007, published in May, which set out priorities on waste prevention, minimisation, recycling, recovery, and energy production.
This is the second Defra waste and resources research programme. Since its inception in 2004 over 80 projects have been commissioned, with a budget of up to £5m a year. Professor David C Wilson chairs the Waste and Resources Research Advisory Group, which advises Defra on the programme.
DCW chaired the CIWM conference Hazardous Waste Management – an Inspector’s Report, which reviewed progress with implementing the UK’s new regulatory regime.
Eight invited speakers provided different perspectives: the conclusion was that, while progress is being made, there is still some way to go. DCW is Chair of CIWM’s Special Interest Group on Hazardous Wastes, and represents CIWM on both the Defra Hazardous Waste Forum and the ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste.
DCW today chaired the first of 3 technical sessions, co-sponsored by Defra’s Waste and Resources Evidence Programme (WREP), as part of CIWM’s annual conference in Paignton.
The 3 technical sessions, on waste prevention and behaviour change, decision support systems and resource recovery, showcased emerging results from the Defra programme alongside complementary work funded by other bodies. DCW chairs the Waste and Resources Research Advisory Group, which advises Defra on WREP and co-ordinates waste and resources evidence and research work across theUK.
DCW co-led a workshop on Defra’s Waste and Resources Research Programme at CIWM’s annual conference in Paignton. His paper outlined the current status of the Programme, for which he Chairs the Advisory Group. The workshop focused on priorities for future evidence needs, prior to the preparation of an R&D Strategy for the next 3 years.