Consultation on the Waste Prevention Programme for England: Towards a Resource-Efficient Economy

Closed 10 Jun 2021

Opened 18 Mar 2021


We are consulting on a new Waste Prevention Programme for England: Towards a Resource Efficient Economy that sets out priorities for action to manage our resources and waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy - which means preventing waste by amongst other things increasing reuse, repair and remanufacture of products. 

The Programme outlines the potential for, and benefits of, action on waste prevention, what industry is already doing and could do, as well as setting out actions for government. 

Why your views matter

We are consulting to gather views on our proposals from those with an interest in our strategic goals: increasing resource efficiency and minimising waste, reducing GHG emissions, and safeguarding our natural capital and resource security. There is a legal duty to consult on the draft Programme and to give consultees an opportunity to comment on the proposals. We are giving respondents an opportunity to comment on: our approach to waste prevention, whether we have identified the appropriate priority areas for action, and on the actions the government proposes to take. The Devolved Administrations are responsible for producing their own Waste Prevention Programmes which together with this draft Programme will cover the whole of the UK.

Please read the consultation document before responding to the questions. You can find the document as a PDF attachment at the bottom of this page.

What happens next

We are analysing your feedback

This consultation has now closed. Thank you for your input. A summary of the responses to this consultation will be published at


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Government Agencies
  • Aggregates sector
  • Environmental professional services
  • House Building Industry
  • Property Management
  • Households
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Household Customers
  • Consumer Groups
  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Local Authorities
  • Producer Compliance Schemes
  • WEEE Treatment Facilities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Electrical re-use organisations
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Retail Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Member of the General Public
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants
  • Stakeholders


  • Natural environment
  • Climate change
  • Green economy
  • Sustainable development
  • Waste and recycling
  • Resource Efficiency
  • House Building and Planning
  • Construction