What's next for sustainable resources policy?

Policy Connect recently met with members and supporters of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sustainable Resources to discuss the future of sustainable resources policy in the UK. 

With the APSRG’s report on reusable packaging systems shortly to be released, the session began with a focus on Policy Connect’s proposed research and events programme for 2024, with members discussing proposed work on food waste, e-waste, net zero, and green skills.   

Reflecting on the impact of recent policy activity on the delivery of sustainability targets, participants noted their relief at simpler recycling reforms, but mentioned continued concerns about minimum fortnightly residual collections, lack of funding details, and procurement bottlenecks. 

These insights led into important conversations on the key obstacles and opportunities facing the sector; sustainable resources priorities for the next government; and the objectives of the APSRG in 2024. 

As noted, Policy Connect and the APSRG are set to launch their latest report, ‘Unpacking the Circular Economy – Unlocking Reuse at Scale’, setting out how a strategic and focused policy approach to reusable packaging solutions can support the delivery of a more circular and sustainable economy. 

The parliamentary launch event on 27 November will discuss the report’s practical recommendations to leverage the economic, environmental, and social benefits of reusable packaging by promoting and incentivising its use. 

For more information on the APSRG, please contact katy.haigh [at] policyconnect.org.uk (katy[dot]haigh[at]policyconnect[dot]org[dot]uk)