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Co-operate to overcome turbulent market, says ESA

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called on all parts of the industry’s supply chain to work together more to address current financial difficulties, after the prominent failure of several recycling companies.

Executive director Jacob Hayler referred specifically to the closure of Aylesford Newsprint in February when he spoke at the Kent Resource Partnership Annual Conference in Canterbury.

“[The] sad closure has focused minds on the current turbulence In the UK’s recycling industry,” he said. “We have seen multiple bankruptcies and the state of the market remains extremely challenging.

“We need all of the supply chain – including local authorities, reprocessors and the waste companies which serve them both – to work together to ensure a sustainable recycling sector for the future.”

Hayler also called for the fight against waste crime to be maintained, and welcomed the current consultation which he hoped would lead to stronger enforcement against criminals.

“The industry has lobbied intensively for waste crime to be addressed. It is important that Defra and the Environment Agency keep up the good work and make sure that we see implementation on the ground.”

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