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Waste review should 'really back' the UK recycling industry

The waste management industry has called on the Government to deliver policies with a “significant impact” ahead of the launch of its review of waste policy, expected today (14 June).

Speaking ahead of the long-awaited review, which MRW understands will be unveiled this afternoon, the industry is concerned that the announcement will be a “missed opportunity” for the sector.

Waste management company Shanks has called for the Government to address planning uncertainties at a local level, provide a “coherent, cross-departmental approach” and provide “long-term clarity” about waste policy to provide certainty for investors.

Plastics recycler Closed Loop Recycling is calling for a refinement of the packaging recovery note (PRN) system in favour of domestic producers, “adequate funding” for the Environment Agency to protect overseas shipment regulations and ensuring greater availability of input materials across the UK.

Closed Loop managing director Chris Dow said: “The Government has an opportunity to drive home the advantage that we have created during the past few years and really back the UK recycling industry. What we need to achieve is a thriving British industry that creates green jobs, boosts the UK economy and helps to meet carbon reduction targets.”

Environmental charity Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkins has written to prime minister David Cameron calling for a national waste reduction goal which “would demonstrate that the Government is committed to helping all sections of society help themselves and each other to work towards a zero-waste economy”.

The letter said: “We are all committed to doing our bit to help reduce waste and boost resource efficiency. The waste review is the Government’s opportunity to show that it too is committed to such a goal, for the sake of economy and environment alike. This is why we urge the Government to include the goal to halve household residual ‘black bag’ waste by 2020, with a similar ambition for business in the waste review and forthcoming policy development.”

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