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ICE seeks evidence for waste industry inquiry

Submissions sought for latest State of the Nation inquiry into delivering radical change.

The ICE wants waste service providers, waste disposal authorities, merchant plant owners, waste advisors, consultants, utility companies, energy organisations and other interested parties to submit evidence to its upcoming State of the Nation inquiry on how to deliver radical change in the waste sector. This year is significant for the waste and resource management sector as it is the first year the UK’s performance on meeting EU Landfill Directive targets will be reported.

While current projections show the UK is on course to meet its 2010 obligations for diverting waste from landfill, there is uncertainty as to whether 2013 and 2020 targets can be reached. This year will also see the revised EU Waste Framework Directive transposed into UK law.

Politicians across all parties are also committed to facilitating a transition to a low carbon economy, delivering energy security and in, the wake of the financial crisis, a more balanced economy. These are all areas where the waste and resources sector can make a significant contribution.

The ICE believes these factors create an opportunity to radically reshape the traditional waste management sector, so that it supports the more effective use of material resources, whatever their source.Evidence submitted for the inquiry should be based on the following questions:

  • In an ideal world, what would be the defining characteristics of the UK’s waste and resource management system in 2020, 2030 and 2050?
  • What are the opportunities and barriers for managing materials in a systematic, “joined-up” fashion across the economy?
  • How can can/should we measure and manage the carbon impact of waste and resource management?
  • Are you confident that the UK’s infrastructure for managing waste and resources will be fit for purpose over the next 10, 20 and 40 years? If not, why not and what should be done.
  • Which innovations will be most important in ensuring maximum value is extracted from resources as they move through the economy?

Written evidence must be submitted by Monday 17 May 2010. Oral evidence sessions will be held between the 18-20 May.

● For information go to www.ice.org.uk/evidence or contact Andrew Crudgington on 020 7665 2219 orandrew.crudgington@ice.org.uk

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