UK – ‘With resource and energy security issues high on the agenda, and the spectre of climate change now ever present, we are at an exciting tipping point,’ stated the newly-appointed President of the UK Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), John Skidmore, during his inauguration ceremony last week, at which he launched the organisation’s latest report on waste and resource management.
According to Mr Skidmore, the industry would greatly benefit from more government leadership as well as a ‘co-ordinated approach across national boundaries’. A joined-up approach is ‘critical’ to ensure that measures implemented in one country do not result in ‘adverse or counter-productive impacts elsewhere’, says the report.
Organisations with a ‘poor compliance record’ ought to be monitored strictly, as it is ‘essential that serious waste crime is addressed’, it adds. CIWM hopes this will cut back on the number of recyclers and other service providers who are ‘compromised by illegal or irresponsible operators’.
Mr Skidmore said that the waste prevention plans required by the EU Waste Framework Directive offer a ‘unique opportunity to put in place a long-term vision to design-out waste by ensuring that the roles and responsibilities at every stage of the product supply chain are recognised’.
The new CIWM President added: ‘There is no doubt that now is the time to be ambitious, to break down barriers, and to formulate a long-term vision for waste management and resource use and conservation – not just for the term of one government, not even for the next decade, but for the next 100 years and more.’
To read the entire report, visit: www.ciwm.co.uk/web/FILES/Technical/CIWM_Report_2012.pdf
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