Viridor has called for the government to step up efforts on waste crime, set up a National Resources Council and move the waste sector towards a regulated utility model.
As part of an official response to a joint consultation on waste crime from Defra and the Welsh Government, Viridor said that the waste sector needed greater support from politicians, amid fears that resources and waste policy has been left in a state of flux.
“Waste crime is one of the areas seriously threatening the resources and waste sector’s tremendous potential as a growth industry for the UK economy,” said Viridor’s director of external affairs, Dan Cooke (pictured).
“We hope the new Government will put tackling waste crime front and centre of its priorities for the sector.”
In addition, Viridor said that the UK resource sector has rapidly aging, progressively obsolete recycling technology and systems. There was also serious doubt that the UK would hit its recycling targets for 2020.
Viridor said that it was investing £1.5bn in next generation infrastructure “to translate zero waste policy into practice”.
Its response noted that local authority cuts had affected communications and collections, resulting in increased contamination so that customers could source higher quality secondary materials on the continent.
The company believes that, without greater support, the UK waste sector could fall behind other major economies.
Viridor also appealed for a National Resources Council that would oversee UK waste policy and resource management.
This echoed similar calls from leading business groups in April who issued a letter addressed to party leaders calling for an Office for Resource Management.
The response document also recommends setting aside some of money raised through landfill tax to fund the clearing and remediating of abandoned or orphan sites.
In April, regulations were introduced giving enforcers greater powers to seize vehicles suspected of being involved in waste crime.