In my last piece I mentioned the “consultation lull” and we were waiting to hear the outcome of the DEFRA consultations. They appeared sooner than anticipated, and we now know that there will be further consultations in spring 2020.
Talking about the HSE can always be a contentious issue, especially if you have been subject to enforcement action. Therefore, perceptions will differ greatly depending on who you talk to.
In June the Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry into WEEE and the circular economy. Advice and information was sought on the type of support the government should provide to encourage a move towards a circular economy and how local markets and recycling awareness could be improved. LARAC emphasised there should be a shift away from the current practice of prioritising collection.