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Waste Management: Advisory Bodies

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1164W, on the Waste Regional Advisory Group, what the (a) membership and (b) remit of each waste regional advisory group is. (279997)

Government Office membership and remit of waste regional advisory group is as in the following table.






East does not have a WRAG.

West Midlands


West Midlands does not have a WRAG.



London does not have a WRAG.

North East

Chaired by the Government Office for the North East.

Advisory in nature. Has an “informal” status. Members need to be clear that this will not be a formally constituted body: it will have no ‘official’ or statutory duties and responsibilities.

Waste specialists from all local authorities in the north-east region.

The predominant focus will be on local authority performance issues.

Environment Agency.

Principal outcomes:

Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit.

Efficient and effective standing communications between DEFRA’s Waste Implementation Programme (WIP) LA support and key regional local authority waste stakeholders.

North East Regional Waste Awareness Initiative (NERWAI).

A collective arena within which all regional bodies with a stake in improving LA recycling/recovery performance can meet to inform, engage, ‘join up’, reflect and propose.

North East Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership.

Positive development of the WIP LA support programme. More co-ordinated working of regional networks and Government support programmes.

Premier Waste—waste management company.

Content and Structure of Meetings:

SITA UK—recycling and waste management company.

An exclusively Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) focus, though this can include other waste streams, providing the impact on municipal waste is evidenced.

Groundwork UK—environmental regeneration charity.

Local authority performance orientated.

Concentrate on issues pertinent to WIP LA support (e.g. early review of emerging projects and tools, development of new project ideas). However, other WIP streams and issues with an explicit regional dimension will also need to be coordinated with the Regional Technical Advisory Board on waste’s (RTAB’s) responsibilities (e.g. New Technologies, regional market development, land use planning etc.).

Emphasis on action and implementation, not a general policy forum, although policy issues cannot be excluded where they have an overt implementation angle.

Seeking to secure the most comprehensive regional dissemination and feedback.

East Midlands


East Midlands does not have a WRAG.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber (Chair).

To support local authorities and other partners in achieving improved performance on waste issues.

Local Authorities.

To act as a voice for Y&H Region with DEFRA and other national organisations and to be a mechanism to influence and support the implementation of DEFRA and other policy within the region.

Local Government Yorkshire and Humber.

Co-ordinating input to other regional forums and develop good communication links with them e.g. RTAB and RIWMS, Yorkshire Forward

Environment Agency.

Seek opportunities to share best practise and strengthen partnership working and networks and influence emerging projects and initiatives, including developing the most effective and efficient mechanism for regional dissemination.


Yorkshire Forward.

Resources North.

Resource Efficiency Yorkshire.

South East


South East does not have a WRAG.

South West


South West does not have a WRAG.

North West

The NW WRAG is chaired by GONW and comprised of representatives.

The WRAG Remit includes:

From: Government Office for the North West (chair and secretariat).

A Strategic Focus on Municipal Waste in the NW and on Local Authority waste performance.

Regional Technical advisory body 4NW regional leaders forum.

Addressing issues relevant to DEFRA’s waste implementation programme (WIP) (e.g. early review of emerging projects and tools, development of new project ideas).

North West Development Agency

The co-ordination of other WIP streams and issues with an explicit regional dimension (e.g. new technologies, regional market development, land use planning etc.).

Environment Agency.

Maximising regional dissemination of WIP to stakeholders through regional and sub-regional partnerships.

3 x waste disposal authorities (including at least 1 Joint WDA).

Collective feedback to DEFRA on consultations and emerging policies.

5 x waste collection authorities (one per county area).

Regional input to European, national and regional waste strategies, regional spatial strategy and emerging single regional strategy.

Representation from five unitary authorities

Joint consideration of appropriate bids for any future partnership funding e.g. WRAP and other DEFRA LA Waste funding and other funding providers.

NWRF (North West Recycling Forum).

Engage with/organise regional events, lever funding for seminars, workshops and conferences.

WRAP (waste and resources action programme).

The role of the WRAG is evolving in response to changes in the background against which the WRAG operates, notably in relation to regional governance. Partners in the region continue to see a need for the WRAG; and the group is currently involved in developing a programme of support to local delivery partners with the NW improvement and efficiency partnership.

DEFRA WIP (as appropriate) CIWM.

LARAC (local authority recycling committee).

NW improvement and efficiency partnership