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Institution of Civil Engineers cautions against “one size fits all” collection schemes

The Institution of Civil Engineers has warned the Government against “one size fits all” approaches to waste collection and sorting arrangements in a new report.

In its State of the Nation: Waste and Resource Management report, the ICE recommends that such approaches are “unlikely to be successful” and instead calls for local and central Government to develop a series of protocols to ensure different collection systems drive up the quality of recyclates.

Speaking at the report’s launch, ICE waste steering group vice chairman Jonathan Davies said: “Respondents stressed the need to maintain quantity and quality of materials throughout the collection sorting reprocessing and reuse cycle. This is key to establishing sustainable markets for those outputs from the infrastructure.”

We found that focusing on tonnage risks producing [recycled] materials that may not fulfil their potential value, as resources for existing central Government policy with sticks and carrots can create pressure in that direction.”

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