Resource and Waste Strategy Statement

In December 2018, HM Government published their Resource and Waste Strategy (RAWS). The Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP) welcomed this publication and supports its overarching aims to reduce waste, improve recycling and support the development of a circular economy. How we treat our waste is fundamental in tackling the challenges of the climate emergency .

At the current time (June 2021), the Government continues to consult on their RAWS proposals with stakeholders. The purpose of the 4 consultations released, Consistency, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and Waste Prevention, is to establish how any new waste system can effectively work in practice for householders, local authorities, waste management companies, businesses and product producers.

Government released the EPR and DRS consultations on 24th March 2021 and they closed on the 4th June. The Waste Prevention consultation opened on the 18th March 2021 and closed on the 10th June 2021. The Consistency consultation opened on 7th May 2021.

Suffolk Authorities now have until 4th July 2021 to consider the Government’s Consistency proposals, their implications for Suffolk’s waste services and residents and prepare their responses.

Once the consultation process has concluded and Government has set out their final requirements (expected late 2021/early 2022), the SWP will then be in a position to consider how any required changes can best be introduced in Suffolk.

If you would like to read the RAWS, please click the link below:

Resources and waste strategy for England - GOV.UK (

The current Government consultations can be found on the links below:

Consistency in Household and Business Recycling in England - Defra - Citizen Space

Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging - Defra - Citizen Space

Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - Defra - Citizen Space

Consultation on the Waste Prevention Programme for England: Towards a Resource-Efficient Economy - Defra - Citizen Space