Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

UK waste management sector urged to look overseas

Government advisory body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is appealing to waste management companies to offer their expertise to global markets and has identified key markets for the UKs £25 billion a year environmental industries.

UKTIs report, Market opportunities in environmental goods and services, renewable energy, carbon finance and Carbon Abatement Technologies (CATS), says that Australia, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, Turkey and the USA could benefit from UK expertise.

UKTI infrastructure and environment director Michael Ward told MRW: Of all the sectors we looked at waste management was one of the strongest areas in the UK for goods and services. It was particularly strong in the service area in relation to land remediation [A waste management treatment activity].

He said that the UK could offer innovative solutions as UK companies had had experience moving away from landfill. Ward said: The UK has a lot of expertise to offer such as work in prevention of leachate and gas from energy solutions.

We have had a lot of interest in land remediation from other countries. Our message to companies is that there are lots of opportunities out there in waste management.
We are offering companies the chance to have a conversation with us and to take missions with us.

Ward said that the UK had a good story to tell and companies had great opportunities to offer their expertise in waste management.

A UKTI spokeswoman added: The report has more appeal to smaller companies who do not have the resources or knowledge of exporting overseas, whereas, larger companies already have that knowledge.

However, financial advisory group Grant Thornton associate director Nigel Mattravers said that waste management consultants rather than companies could offer their expertise worldwide. He said that the UK had no indigenous waste technology that waste operators could export and that most technologies such as mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion were imported into the UK. Mattravers also said that most waste companies already operated overseas such as Sita and Veolia but he said that the UK was very strong in the waste management consultancy field and able to offer its expertise.

UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that helps UK based companies succeed in international markets.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.