The new minister responsible for recycling and waste policy at Defra has been revealed as Lord de Mauley.
He replaces Lord Taylor who was removed from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs during the recent Government reshuffle.
As well as representing Defra in the House of Lords, he will be responsible for resource management including climate change adaptation, environmental impacts of climate change (including biofuels), environmental regulation (including deputising for the Secretary of State at EU Environment Council), sustainable consumption and production and waste management.
He will also include local environment issues and science and research in his portfolio.
Lord de Mauley comes from a farming background and has been a Government Whip in the Lords since 2010 as well as being a spokesman on environment, food and rural affairs.
In opposition he held a number of briefs including serving as shadow business minister.