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New secretary urged to tackle England’s recycling rate drop

United Kingdom – The UK’s newly-appointed environment secretary Michael Gove has been urged to take ‘urgent action’ to reverse the decline in England’€™s recycling rates, reports the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

A letter written by the resource and waste management industry’s Trade Association Group (TAG) sets out actions it believes Gove should take to improve resource use and provide jobs for the economy.

It calls for improvements in resource efficiency to be a ‘central theme’ of the government’s industrial and environmental policies and strategies, specifically referencing the department for environment, food and rural affairs’ postponed 25 Year Environmental Plan, the UK Industrial Strategy and the National Infrastructure Assessment.

Among those steps recommended by TAG, it says the government should: set out a long-term policy framework to provide security in the sector; build upon legislation implemented by the EU; and tackle ‘escalating’ levels of waste crime.

TAG is an umbrella body comprising the main organisations in the UK’s waste and resource management sector.

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