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The Brexit Series: Redesigning Waste & Resource Policy Outside the EU

The Brexit Series: Redesigning Waste & Resource Policy Outside the EU

The EU has been one of the main drivers for UK policy and legislation on waste and resource management over the past 40 years. This seminar aimed to explore how Brexit will affect the waste and resource policy landscape, and aimed to identify what policy is needed going ahead to protect the waste and resource industry, as well as our environment, after we leave the EU.

Topics for discussion included:

  • Which existing body of EU waste regulations should be "grandfathered" by the UK following Brexit?
  • Which aspects of the EU Circular Economy Package proposals should be taken on board, scrapped and/or improved by the UK?
  • How may the UK secondary materials market change following Brexit and how should policy makers and industry respond to this change? 
  • How can legal certainties around key definitions be secured?
  • How will the UK ensure it is at the table of European-wide conversations about best-practice and -techniques on waste policy developments and circular economy thinking?


  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change


  • Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee 
  • Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Former Secretary of State for Environment 
  • Dr Colin Church, CEO CIWM
  • Prof Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Stephen Shergold, Partner, Dentons