The new Chartered Institution for Wastes Management (CIWM) president, Jim Baird used his inauguration earlier this month to outline a number of themes for his presidential year.
One of the key areas of focus for Jim is promoting the Circular Economy, highlighting the need to maintain momentum and build on the work already undertaken by his predecessor. Indeed, Mr. Baird declared CIWM will continue to place Circular Economy in the core of its activities, while he will concentrate on policy measures that will need to drive progress.
Another issue raised within his speech was the importance of tackling waste crime. We couldn’t agree more that this sort of activity needs to be better controlled. Fraud is all too common, and our sister company, Oceala has experienced first-hand the implications of unlawful activity. Mr Baird indicated that renewed efforts from the industry and regulators are required to put this issue at the forefront.
Jim also stressed the importance of ensuring that waste data is accurate. Data compiled by local authorities and reprocessors is used to create targets; thus certifying that data is correct and up-to-date will play a huge part in how it is used to inform decision making and, crucially, the Government setting waste and recycling targets for businesses and householders alike.
We’re interested to see what impact Jim’s appointment will have on the sector. Watch this space.