Thursley Nature Reserve In The Surrey Hills

Annual review

Surrey Environment Partnership
April 2020 – March 2021

Activity and achievements 2020-21

Managing Surrey’s waste: Influencing national strategy

Our Waste, our resources strategy booklet coverThe UK Government’s National Resources and Waste Strategy for England was published in December 2018 and signalled that there will be significant changes to how waste is managed and funded over the coming years.

The key measures being proposed that impact local authorities are:

  • Invoking the ‘polluter pays’ principle by extending producer responsibility for packaging.
  • The introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS) for cans and bottles.
  • A consistent set of materials mandated for collection from households for recycling.

It has been essential for SEP to engage, respond and seek to influence the Government on its proposals, while also preparing for implementation of the potential changes.

The second round of consultations on these measures were expected to be launched in 2020 but were delayed significantly, partly due to the coronavirus pandemic. The consultations were eventually launched in March and May 2021, so the work undertaken to review, analyse and respond to these will be captured in SEP’s 2021-22 annual review.

It has been essential for SEP to engage, respond and seek to influence the Goverment on its proposals.

However, the JWS team completed several activities during 2020-21 including:

  • Responded on behalf of SEP to the HM Treasury technical consultation on the plastic packaging tax, confirming that we are supportive of its introduction.
  • Fed into Defra workshops on the core set of recycling materials to be collected at kerbside, and the statutory and non-statutory consistency guidance.
  • Responded to a call for evidence from LARAC on garden waste collection data to again help inform the second-round consultation on consistency of collections.
  • Responded to the signatory consultation on extending Courtauld 2025 to 2030 on behalf of SEP, stating that we support its revised targets, and that we will continue to play our part in helping to reduce food waste and work towards eliminating food waste to landfill by 2030.
  • Formed a task group of officers from across the partnership, to develop SEP’s response to the second-round consultations ahead of the deadlines.

Resources and waste strategy diagram

See also

Surrey’s target


70% of Surrey’s waste should be recycled.