By the time you read this there will be less than two weeks left to submit our responses for DEFRA’s Consistency Consultation, with the deadline for the EPR and DRS Consultations having passed nearly three weeks ago – where has the time gone? I don’t think I can stress enough how important these reforms are going to be and how much they will impact the future of resources and waste management for local authorities, so if you are an English local authority, please do make sure you get your consistency response in before the 4 July deadline.
People are becoming more aware that, as well as being an eyesore, litter discarded on our streets, or that enters our rivers and seas, can harm our environment and our wildlife. We know that items can contain toxic materials that are hazardous to our health and, if illegally dumped, these can leach into water sources, contaminate the soil, and pollute the air. To help tackle this, many local authorities, businesses, charities, and individuals have made the ‘pledge to pick’ in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean, taking place from 28 May to 13 June.
It is a case of two down and one to go as far as the consultations are concerned. Last week we submitted our responses to the DRS and EPR consultation and work continues on drafting the response to the consistent collections consultation.
WikiWaste, although having expanded into a free encyclopaedia on all things resource and waste-related, was initially designed as a tool for LAs to freely access their data on a site which was more accessible and easier to use than WDF so please click in, find your LA page, have a look around and tell us what you think!
From 1–7 March this year, over 17 million UK adults heard or saw messaging about the issue of wasted food. That’s one in three people over the age of 18. As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, we have a huge opportunity to convert this new-found awareness into meaningful longer lasting change.