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New UK waste reduction policy programme

The UK government has announced plans to encourage increase reuse, repair, and recycling as part of its goal to achieve a circular economy.


The Maximising Resources, Minimising Waste programme sets out the government’s intentions on waste prevention and emphasises the need to make reusing and reducing the norm.

It includes a plan to scrap fees for household bulky furniture collection, proposals for reforming battery regulations, and measures such as tax on plastic packaging and the bans on single-use plastic items such as cutlery and plates.

The paper outlines the following themes for a policy approach:

  • Systems and services: this includes collection and take-back services encouraging reuse, repair, and leasing options.
  • Designing out waste: this includes Extended Producer Responsibility schemes.
  • Data and information: this includes materials databases, product passports, and voluntary corporate reporting.

Increasing repair and reuse is key to supporting the move towards a circular economy which many businesses and community groups are already embracing by using the Warp It system. Read about the latest achievements by the Warp It reuse community.


See the programme policy paper in full. 

Read a summary of the policies.

See our report on the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) guidance and reuse.

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Jennifer Clair Robson

Jennifer Clair Robson

Writing to make a difference because climate change, sustainability and the environment are issues close to my heart.


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