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Waste specialist Ray Georgeson is to take up a three month ...
Waste specialist Ray Georgeson is to take up a three month

secondment to the DETR to work on setting up the new sustainable waste

management programme.

Ray Georgeson is executive director of Waste Watch, the national

charity which promotes practical action on reducing, reusing and

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.

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