Government Announces Red Tape Review for the Waste Sector

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A review into the regulatory and enforcement barriers to growth and innovation in the waste sector has been launched as part of a wider scheme to help British businesses save £10 billion.

A review of waste legislation is one of the first legislative reviews being undertaken as part of the UK Government’s ‘Cutting Red Tape’ Programme – a scheme aiming to simplify legislation and help deliver savings of £10 billion by cutting ‘unnecessary bureaucracy and streamlining processes’.

Waste management is just one area that is being addressed, with legislation relating to the energy, mineral extraction and agricultural sectors also being up for review.

The waste review calls for evidence on the impact of regulations across the industry, from the production and processing of waste, to waste collection, disposal and treatment.  The review will be used to identify and remove barriers to advancing the sector whilst ensuring human health and the environment remain protected.

Calling on businesses to submit evidence, Resource Minister Rory Stewart said: “This review is an exciting opportunity to look at what else we can do to cut needless bureaucracy and remove unnecessary burdens on businesses in the waste sector.

We have already delivered savings of just under £1 million a year by removing requirements for businesses to create site waste management plans and I hope this review will identify more barriers we can remove to open up the industry to further growth and innovation.

The review supplements our ongoing work on waste crime and we will shortly be publishing the government response to the recent consultation on legislative proposals to enhance the Environment Agency’s enforcement powers”.

In particular the review is seeking evidence of the impact of regulation and enforcement on small businesses around:

  • Compliance with data requests;
  • Preparing for site inspections; and
  • Health and safety issues and EU obligations.

It also aims to seek evidence on the impact of regulation and enforcement on:

  • The development of new technologies for processing and sorting waste;
  • Commercial and export opportunities; and
  • The effectiveness of regulatory market mechanisms, such as landfill tax and producer responsibility schemes.

The review is now open for evidence and can be accessed via the Cutting Red Tape website here:


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