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Waste firms hit back at manufacturers over legislation

Refuse firms have hit back at manufacturers in a row over waste laws.

Manufacturers’ trade body the EEF earlier this week branded UK waste legislation as “20 years out of date” and called for a series of policy changes.

But the Environmental Services Association called for “more thought” from the EEF and criticised many of its recommendations.

The EEF urged the government to make more local authority waste management facilities available to manufacturers, so that less materials were wasted by the industry.

But ESA director of policy Matthew Farrow said: “This implies that council tax payers would be subsidising waste producers, which is not something that ESA could support.”

He added that many waste laws came from the EU and were difficult to change.

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  • The EEF Report is more forward looking than the ESA's response seems to be. We have to think about a circular economy and the legislation which will support that. If the EEF members can play their part by crystallising demand for secondary materials, issues of council tax subsidy will fade away as the material value pays for the use of the facility.

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