Consultations 2021: Planning and managing the necessary transitions

Blog from Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

This blog seeks to capture the outputs of a deep-dive workshop session that I ran for our customers. Seeking to place the EPR and DRS objectives into actions and sequences that helped us understand the scope and journey of the necessary transition from where we are, to where we need to be. The interactive session used ‘write on screen’ techniques to capture conversations, ideas and comments that helped structure thinking and brainstorm issues and solutions.

The last big transition the sector went through was the introduction of landfill tax in 1995 and we used this to track the actions and impacts that resulted in the management of the transition from landfill to recycling and recovery. In analysing what happened in landfill, we were able to match the thinking required to understand what is likely to happen with the introduction of EPR and DRS.