The 'Waste and Resources Evidence Strategy 2007-2011' summarises areas where research will be commissioned and evidence sought. The programme influence the Government's Waste Strategy for England 2007, which will be published in May 2008.
Areas of research to be examined are:
- How to best measure the carbon impacts of waste prevention and management
- How the Flycapture database can help identify the drivers for flytipping and effective ways of tackling it
- Whether there is a link between waste behaviour and age, income, or other social factors
- Whether producer responsibility gives the right incentives for product design and waste prevention, re-use and recycling
- What the environmental impacts are of biodegradable and degradable packaging
- What collection methods lead to high quality recyclates, and whether high collection costs are offset by environmental benefits
- What has caused recent observations of a slowing in waste growth rates and how do we continue to support this trend
Projects will be commissioned through open competitions, announced on the department's website.