Government launches Resources and Waste Strategy for England

18 Dec 2018

Businesses and manufacturers are to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste under the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, announced on Tuesday 18 December 2018.

This is the first comprehensive update in more than a decade and will aim to eliminate avoidable plastic waste and help better the environment in future.

The Strategy for England aims to:

  • Introduce a tax on single use plastic with less than 30% recycled content from 2022
  • Encourage appropriate disposal of used products
  • Introduce a consistent set of recyclable materials collected from all households and businesses, and consistent labelling on packaging so consumers know what they can recycle, to drive-up recycling rates
  • Boost research and development to develop novel solutions and improve the efficiency, cost and/or effectiveness of existing technologies.

Launching the strategy at Veolia’s Southwark's Reuse and Recycling Centre in London, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said, ‘The strategy will help set out how we will go further and faster, to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together we can move away from being a ‘throw-away’ society, to one that looks at waste as a valuable resource’.

IOM3 CEO, Dr Colin Church commented, ‘This is a great step in helping to reduce the impact of materials use and disposal and the materials, minerals and mining communities will have a key role to play in delivering this strategy.’

To read the Resources and Waste Strategy, visit