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Waste Management

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress he has made in implementing the principles of the waste hierarchy; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In the 2011 Review of Waste Policy in England, DEFRA made a clear commitment to ensure that the waste hierarchy is embedded in all our major waste policies, such as the forthcoming Waste Prevention Programme and Waste Management Plan for England.

In the same year, we produced guidance to help industry understand and apply the waste hierarchy, along with in-depth supporting evidence. Last year, DEFRA officials and the Environment Agency ran a series of workshops across the country to familiarise waste producers with the concept and legal requirements of the waste hierarchy.

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