Posted: 09/11/2023

New Waste Reform Summary from DEFRA

In its latest Resource and Waste Newsletter, DEFRA has provided summaries of new waste reforms, announced modulated fees workshops, plans to tackling fly-tipping, provided updates on the visit by Minister Pow to Veolia UK, called for independent packaging experts, asked for views on youth vaping, and provided more information on business readiness surveys and resource and waste forums.

The slides from the 7 November Business Readiness Forum (BRF) can be found by clicking here.

This week’s update included:

  • New waste reforms – Introduction of Simpler Recycling, reform of the waste carrier, broker and dealer regime, and introduction of digital waste tracking.
  • Modulated fees workshop – DEFRA hosted a participatory design workshop on a vision for modulated fees in late October. The date for the next event is TBD.
  • Tackling fly-tipping – DEFRA is working with the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG) to help prevent, detect and deter waste crime across England.
  • Minister Pow visits Veolia site – Environment Minister Rebecca Pow recently visited Veolia’s waste management facility in London to learn how they are using AI to boost recycling rates.
  • Call for independent packaging experts – As part of their ongoing engagement on the modulation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging fees, DEFRA wants to hear from independent experts such as academics, researchers, advisers and consultants.
  • Future policy on youth vaping – The government consultation asking people to help shape future policy on smoking and youth vaping is open.
  • Business readiness survey reminder – The second business readiness survey is open until 10 November and will help understand general levels of awareness around the Collection and Packaging Reforms (CPR).


  • Resource and waste reforms – Upcoming business readiness forums are scheduled for 7 November and the 5 December.
  • Other future forum dates –
    • Local authority stakeholder engagement forums – 8 November and 6 December. To register, please email CPR mailbox.
    • Waste management forums – 9 November, register here, and 7 December, register here.