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Reprocessors’ chief calls for united waste industry front

The chief executive of the reprocessor trade body has called for more cooperation within the waste industry to compensate for a lack of political direction on resource management.

Speaking at the Resource Association’s annual conference, Ray Georgeson said the UK needed a strategy on resource security and remanufacturing.

He put forward four recommendations for the resource industry to support the Government in this direction.

First, he said industry should collaborate more closely. “We can make absolute clear to this Government and to future governments what our priorities are.

“We know we don’t agree on everything, but there are plenty of things we can do on the things we agree on, and send out a stronger, clearer and unified message to Government and opposition.”

Second, he proposed that industry associations drafted a ‘Resource Management Bill’ covering issues around recycling and barriers to remanufacturing, which could be presented to Defra or a member of parliament.

Third, he said the industry could make the case for more regulations. “We could tell government clearly that intervention can be good. It’s not the dirtiest word,” he said.

“There is a balance to be struck, we don’t want to go to an excessively state-directed model of economic activity, but we can do better than we presently are.”

Finally, the industry should step up efforts to work alongside Government and WRAP to communicate more effectively to the public the value of remanufacturing, the importance of recycling and the essential role consumers can play in ensuring resources are preserved.

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