Drawing on 5 years of research, RRfW has pulled together their work on recovering resources from industrial waste to highlight where changes in policy are necessary in order to promote circular economy approaches in industrial waste management.

RRfW Policy and Practice Notes

Making the most of industrial wastes: strengthening resource security of valuable metals for clean growth in the UK.

Industrial wastes from the mining and manufacturing sectors contain metals such as vanadium, cobalt, lithium and rare-earth elements. Many of these are currently 100% imported and also necessary for clean technologies including wind turbines, solar panels, energy storage and a multitude of electronics. Recovering these resources from industrial wastes has the potential to contribute towards the UK’s ambition for clean growth, resource security and reducing carbon emissions. However, the current regulatory framework for industrial wastes was not designed with the circular economy in mind and policies will need to become more integrated in order to unlock the potential of resource recovery to contribute to clean growth, create social benefits and maintain environmental protection.

A second RRfW policy and practice note on the recovery of resources from organic wastes will become available in the coming months.

Briefing Event

Postponed: A Strategy for Valuing Resources and Wastes, 19 June, House of Lords

The joint briefing event by the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group and the Resource Recovery from Waste programme due to take place at the House of Lords on 19th June has been postponed until the autumn.

The event aims to strengthen dialogue between academia, industry and policy-makers and build consensus for the forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy. Resource Recovery from Waste will share their policy recommendations based on 5 years of research, and present a business case for government intervention through the Resources and Waste Strategy with buy-in from the industry members of the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group.

Further details can be found on the PolicyConnect Briefing Event webpage. A new date will be announced shortly.

Find out more about the policy work being undertaken by the RRfW programme on our policy project page.