secondment to the DETR to work on setting up the new sustainable waste
Ray Georgeson is executive director of Waste Watch, the national
recycling waste. Starting on Monday 6 March, he will work with civil
servants to put in place the arrangements for the new programme.
Substantially increased levels of recycling are key to the
government's vision of sustainable waste management. Ray has been
involved in recycling and the community waste sector for almost
twenty years and is widely respected in the world of waste
The new sustainable waste management programme was announced in the
draft waste strategy A Way with Waste in June last year. A joint
DETR/DTI initiative, it is designed to promote a more sustainable and
integrated approach to waste management.
The programme's aim will be to secure a significant increase in
reduction, reuse, recycling and composting, and an expansion in the
markets for secondary materials. It will also seek to reduce the
costs of waste management by promoting new technologies and dealing
with market failures in the recycling and reprocessing industries.
The programme will promote research and development projects and will
provide high quality information and guidance on waste management and
secondary resource use.
The draft waste strategy A Way with Waste was published for
consultation by DETR in June 1999. The consultation period ended in
September 1999. It is a two-part document and further copies are
available from the DETR Free Literature Service on tel 0870 1226 236
or fax 0870 1226 237, quoting product codes 99EP0254/1 and 2.
The sustainable waste management programme will promote and support
research and development projects in waste management generally, but
importantly in innovative techniques and alternative, high-value uses
for recyclate. It will also be a high quality source of information
and guidance in waste management and secondary resource use,
available to all the major players and stakeholders. Full details of
the new programme will be announced in the final waste strategy.
Ray Georgeson has been executive director of Waste Watch since 1996,
and associated with the organisation since its formation in 1987. Ray
has had active involvement in recycling and the community waste
sector for almost twenty years.
Ray was a member of DETR's Market Development Group which reported
last year on the potential for and barriers to developing markets for
recyclables. He chairs the London Remade advisory group, a London
Waste Action market development initiative. He is a member of the DTI
sponsored Public Confidence in the Waste Industry group, and in 1999
served on the DETR's Advisory Panel for Beacon Councils as a panel
specialist for sustainable development and waste management.
Ray is a former director of the Community Recycling Network and chair
of CREATE, a Liverpool based charity creating jobs and training
opportunities through the reuse of white goods. He is a director of
London Waste Action and the Environment Council, and a regular
contributor to waste management seminars and journals. He was
recently awarded an MBE for services to sustainable waste management.