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Going Round in Circles Developing a new approach to waste policy following Brexit Richard Howard and Tom Galloway

Going Round in Circles Developing a new approach to waste policy following Brexit Richard Howard and Tom Galloway

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About the Authors

Richard Howard is the Director of Development and Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange. Since joining Policy Exchange in 2014, he has produced a number of influential reports on topics including: energy policy and regulation, energy technologies, energy efficiency and fuel poverty, and air quality. Richard has more than 10 years’ experience in energy and environmental policy, economics, and government affairs. His last role was as Chief Economist at The Crown Estate, and prior to that he worked as an economic consultant. He has a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy from Cardiff University, where he has been a visiting lecturer since 2009. Tom Galloway joined Policy Exchange in February 2016 as a Research Intern, and is now a Research Fellow working principally with the Environment and Energy Unit. Before joining Policy Exchange he was completing an MA at SOAS, University of London.

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About the Authors Policy Exchange’s Environment & Energy Unit Acknowledgments Executive Summary

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Introduction Current State of UK Waste Management Critique of the European Waste Policy Framework Developing a new Waste and Resource Policy Framework for the UK

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Appendix 1: Data Tables to Accompany Charts

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Acknowledgments

Policy Exchange would like to thank FCC Environment and the Hadley