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Westminster group extends remanufacturing policy demands

The All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) has launched a second report on remanufacturing in an effort to boost reuse within industries such as paints and textiles.

Triple Win: The Social, Economic and Environmental Case for Remanufacturing was published in collaboration with the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG). Waste minister Dan Rogerson is addressing the launch event at Parliament.

As previously outlined in MRW, the new report reiterates a number of demands made in a remanufacturing report published in March.

Additionally, it calls for remanufacturing to be considered beyond industries already engaged in the process. For example,around 10% of all paint bought in the UK is said to remain unused, but that only around 1% of waste paint is remanufactured.

The latest report also outlines proposal on tax breaks, developing a certified mark and changing the current ‘Guidance on the Legal Definition of Waste’ so that end-of-life products intended for remanufacturing are not subjected to waste regulations.

Caroline Spelman

Caroline Spelman

The latest inquiry was again co-chaired by former environment secretary Caroline Spelman, left.

She said: “Remanufacturing increases the potential for reshoring parts and products, provides opportunities for improving national resource resilience and has the potential for economic growth and the creation of thousands of skilled jobs, particularly at SME level.

“As we approach the next election, we urge this government and the next to do more to exploit this important new frontier of economic and environmental growth potential.”

Barry Sheerman, the other co-chair, added: “The case for achieving greater levels of remanufacturing in this country is undeniable, not just in environmental terms, but in social and economic terms also.

“That’s why this report calls on government to create new apprenticeships across the remanufacturing value chain and ensure sustainable design and engineering courses are taught in higher education institutions across the UK.”

The APMG is a cross-party coalition of Parliamentarians and manufacturing industry organisations.

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